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HIV-positive dance coach pleads guilty to raping 16-year-old boy

HIV-positive dance coach, 30, featured on reality show Bring It! pleads guilty to raping 16-year-old boy who has since been diagnosed with the virus

  • John Conner III avoided trial when he pleaded guilty to criminal exposure to HIV, statutory rape by an authority figure and solicitation of a minor
  • Conner, who coached the Infamous Dancerettes dance team in Memphis, had unprotected sex in his car with a 16-year-old boy he met on social media in 2015
  • Prosecutors say Conner did not tell the teen that he was diagnosed with HIV back in 2012
  • After hearing of Conner’s diagnosis in 2016, teen tested positive for HIV 
  • Conner still has two cases pending involving sexual partners ages 17 and 24 

A dance teacher who appeared on the reality TV show Bring It! has pleaded guilty in Tennessee to raping his 16-year-old student and exposing the boy to the AIDS virus.

The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday that 30-year-old John Conner III avoided trial when he pleaded guilty to criminal exposure to HIV, statutory rape by an authority figure and solicitation of a minor.

Investigators say Conner was 26 years old when on several occasions he had unprotected sex in the backseat of his car with a 16-year-old boy he met on social media in 2015.

The coach of the Infamous Dancerettes dance team avoided trial when he pleaded guilty to criminal exposure to HIV, statutory rape by an authority figure and solicitation of a minor

John Conner III, the coach of the Infamous Dancerettes dance team, avoided trial when he pleaded guilty to criminal exposure to HIV, statutory rape by an authority figure and solicitation of a minor

Conner is best known for appearing on the Lifetime reality TV dance show ‘Bring It!’

A short time later, the teenager joined Conner’s dance team, the Infamous Dancerettes, which has been featured on the Lifetime show ‘Bring It!’ 

The relationship between the teacher and the student continued with the exchange of text messages, which included details about their sexual activity and nude photos. 

Prosecutors say Conner did not tell the teen that he was diagnosed with HIV back in 2012. 

When the boy learned of Conner’s HIV-positive status in August 2016, he told his parents about their sexual encounters. Around that time, he tested positive for the virus. 

Conner is pictured right with rival dance coach Miss D

Conner had sex with a 16-year-old boy without disclosing to him his HIV-positive status

Conner, pictured left with rival dance coach Miss D, had sex with a 16-year-old boy without disclosing to him his HIV-positive status 

When the victim learned of Conner's HIV status, he got tested himself and was diagnosed with the virus

When the victim learned of Conner’s HIV status, he got tested himself and was diagnosed with the virus 

Conner was arrested in September 2016 after turning himself in. Following his release from jail, the dance instructor took to his Facebook page, which has since been deleted, and posted a defiant message contending that the allegations against  him are ‘so not true.’     

Conner is scheduled to be sentenced on December 20.

Conner still has two other cases pending involving sexual partners ages 17 and 24

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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