Dover dance instructor, 66, pleads guilty to sex offense involving 17-year-old

DOVER — A 66-year-old dance instructor pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to a sexual offense involving a 17-year-old boy in a Dover dance studio last year.

Alexander Boitsov

Alexander Boitsov, of Hockessin, had been scheduled for trial Monday in Superior Court before admitting to second-degree unlawful contact for an incident at The Dance Conservatory in June 2017, Delaware Department of Justice spokeswoman Nicole Magnusson said.

A presentence investigation was ordered and the defendant will be sentenced in October.

According to the DOJ, “Boitsov was accused of telling the victim, who was a student at The Dance Conservatory at 522 Otis Drive, to undress (inside a locker room) under the guise of providing instruction and then engaging in sexual contact with the victim.”

The youth reported the incident to his parents a few days later, the DOJ said, and Boitsov was arrested at a New York City ballet studio and extradited to Delaware.

Deputy Attorney General Kathleen Dickerson prosecuted the case. Attorneys Joseph W. Benson and Andrew G. Ahern represented the defendant and Judge Noel Primos oversaw a final case review on Thursday and was scheduled for a control hearing Friday.

Court documents on the case indicated a Russian interpreter was needed.

According to the DOJ, “Boitsov, who taught at a number of ballet studios in the region, also faces charges in Chester County, Pennsylvania, for sexually assaulting a student there.”

The date of offense was listed as June 23, 2017 in court documents, and the arrest came on July 11, 2017.

The Delaware case had earlier trial dates of Dec. 4, 2017, Feb. 5, 2018, March 5, 2018 and April 30, 2018 delayed. Boitsov early declined a plea deal, according to the defense in court last year.

On Sept. 4, 2017 Mr. Boitsov was indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree unlawful sexual contact (a violent Class F felony in Delaware Code) and endangering the welfare of a child.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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