Senior teacher is held and charged over allegations of sex offences at ballet school 


Senior teacher is held and charged over allegations of sex offences at ballet school

  • Jonathan Barton, 38, is expected to appear at Oban Sheriff Court at a later date
  • Ballet West was awarded ‘Best British Ballet School’ but accolade was rescinded
  • More than 60 women made allegations of inappropriate behaviour, ITV found

A senior teacher at a former ballet school has been charged in connection with sexual offences.

Jonathan Barton, 38, pictured, who was vice-principal at Ballet West boarding school in Taynuilt, Argyll, was arrested yesterday. 

He is expected to appear at Oban Sheriff Court at a later date.

An ITV investigation into the school last year found that more than 60 women had made allegations of inappropriate behaviour. 

Jonathan Barton, 38, pictured, who was vice-principal at Ballet West boarding school in Taynuilt, Argyll, was arrested yesterday

Jonathan Barton, 38, pictured, who was vice-principal at Ballet West boarding school in Taynuilt, Argyll, was arrested yesterday

Organisations such as the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Royal Academy of Dance cut ties with the school (pictured), which closed in August last year, saying it had been ‘driven to the point of insolvency’ by the probe

Organisations such as the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Royal Academy of Dance cut ties with the school (pictured), which closed in August last year, saying it had been ‘driven to the point of insolvency’ by the probe

Ballet West was awarded ‘Best British Ballet School’ last year, but the accolade was rescinded after the investigation.

Organisations such as the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Royal Academy of Dance cut ties with the school, which closed in August last year, saying it had been ‘driven to the point of insolvency’ by the probe.

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