Local dance teacher accused of assaulting woman while on bond for rape charges

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by Lauren Trager / News 4 | @LaurenTrager

KMOV.com

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 12:00 AM

(KMOV)-- A local dance teacher has been arrested for physically assaulting a woman in a church but the same man already has rape charges against him in a case involving a young teenager.

Prosecutors in both St. Louis City and County opposed letting Torriss Caston out on low bonds in the first place, but judges allowed it anyway.

Now prosecutors are trying to get Caston back behind bars, since he’s charged with hurting someone again. Caston is charged with assaulting a woman at a chapel on the St. Louis University campus.

“Wow, that right there is ridiculous,” said student Jarrett Johnson.  Students at SLU can’t believe it.

Court documents said he waited for her as she left a bathroom, ran his hand from her shoulder to her wrist. Then after mass, documents say he again approached her, followed her and caressed her hands.

Investigators said it was crime in and of itself, but was worse, because he’s out on bond for rape.

“He’s unfortunately proven us right,” Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said. He thought Caston was a danger to the community back in 2010.

The owner of a Webster Groves dance studio said Caston is awaiting trial for allegedly raping one of his students starting when she was just 15. 

“He’s not supposed to be anywhere near minors, working with them, around them,” said McCulloch.

But city prosecutors said there’s reason to believe he’s often around them. But knowing he’s on the streets has prosecutors and students on edge.

“As someone who goes here every day, it’s unnerving,” said Emily Haas, a SLU student.

Prosecutors are hoping to ask a judge to revoke bond as soon as possible. He’s also set for his trials early next year.

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