Ballet teacher accused of sexual abuse in Dover faces similar charges in Pennsylvania

 

DOVER — A ballet teacher accused of improper sexual contact with a 17-year-old boy at the Dance Conservatory in Dover last summer is facing similar charges in Pennsylvania, attorneys said in court Thursday morning.

Alexander Boitsov, 65 years old when arrested on June 28, appeared in Kent County Superior Court to request a modification connected to a $2,000 secured bond that would allow him to supervised contact with his 4-year-old grandson. A no-contact order with any child under age 18 had previously been issued in Justice of the Peace Court.

Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. approved the modification which requires that Mr. Boitsov’s son and/or his brother in law must be present at all times when meeting his grandson. The child’s mother approved of the arrangement in an affidavit, Mr. Boitsov’s counsel Andrew Ahern reported to the Court.

On Sept. 4, Mr. Boitsov was indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree unlawful sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child. He entered a not guilty plea.

According to the defense, Mr. Boitsov opted earlier not to accept a plea offer — the proposed terms were not disclosed in Court — from the state.

Alexander Boitsov

Deputy Attorney General Kathleen Dickerson objected to the modification try, noting Mr. Boitsov’s past history with similar alleged incidents and that “it doesn’t take long for things to happen” if the child was somehow left alone with his grandfather even briefly.

According to the DAG, Mr. Boitsov has similar pending charges in Pennsylvania, and a 2011 report indicated that an alleged incident in 1996 was not prosecuted due to a statute of limitations. His bail in Pennsylvania was earlier modified to allow meetings with his grandson.

“I don’t think it is appropriate for him to have any contact with minors,” said Ms. Dickerson, noting that the defendant has undergone no sexual offender treatment.

The grandson lives in Newark and Mr. Boitsov resides in Hockessin, and his attorney described regular visits between them and family at both homes.

An investigation began on June 26 after Dover Police heard allegations from the boy and his parents. Investigation reportedly found that Mr. Boitsov supposedly told the youth to undress inside a Dance Conservatory locker room at 522 Otis Drive and then allegedly contacted him sexually.

Mr. Boitsov was arrested without incident on June 28 at the Ellison School of Ballet in New York. He appeared in Court on Thursday morning with his attorney.

A final case review is scheduled for Nov. 29, with a trial set to begin on Dec. 4.

Case date set for fire official faxing sex-related charges

Case dates for a past state and local fire department official facing sex-related charges were established Thursday in Superior Court.

John A. Metheny Sr., of Hartly, was indicted on a continuous sexual abuse of a child count and six counts of second-degree unlawful sexual contact regarding a series of alleged groping incidents involving a 17-year-old girl beginning in November 2016. An investigation began in May 2017 when the girl contacted the Delaware State Police.

John A. Metheny Sr

A case review is scheduled for Nov. 14, followed by a final case review on Jan. 10, 2018, and trial on Jan. 16, 2018. Mr. Metheny, who entered a not guilty plea, is free on a $42,000 secured bond. He made an appearance in court Thursday morning for the scheduling.

Mr. Metheny, 72 years old when arrested on June 7, was Hartly Volunteer Fire Company vice president and Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association treasurer at the time. He is no longer listed in those positions online.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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