Crime & Courts

Fort Mill dance studio owner charged in child-sex assault case

Steven Edgar “Eddie” Mabry
Steven Edgar “Eddie” Mabry Mecklenburg County Jail

A Huntersville man who owns a Fort Mill, S.C., dance studio has been charged with sexually assaulting one of his students over many years, the first time when the student was 14, police said.

Steven Edgar “Eddie” Mabry, 51, owner, director and choreographer of Eddie Mabry Talent, was arrested by Huntersville police Thursday on charges of statutory sexual offense against a person who is 13, 14 or 15 years old by a defendant who is at least six years older than the victim, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Mabry is free on $15,000 bail.

Mabry was 44 when the first incident occurred, Huntersville police said in a news release. The assaults happened at Mabry’s home, police said.

Police said their investigation began March 19, after the victim, who is now an adult, reported the alleged abuse.

The victim took dance lessons from Mabry starting at age 7, police said. The student worked for Mabry when the student got older, police said.

Mabry’s biography on his studio’s website said he’s been an adjunct faculty member at Winthrop University and UNC Charlotte and is in his 13th year as a guest artist with Northwest School of the Arts.

He has choreographed for Central Piedmont Community College’s Summer Theatre, Theatre Charlotte, Carowinds, Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill, Winthrop University, Davidson College and Queens University, among others, according to the website.

Mabry’s lawyer, George Laughrun, said Mabry “adamantly denies the charges” brought by the male former student “and was shocked when the police came to arrest him. He’s a well-respected member of the dance and choreography community.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Huntersville police Lt. Andrew Dempski at 704-464-5400.