A 31-year-old Martinez man is now sitting in jail on sexual assault charges.
Police say Daniel Howarter was a dance instructor at In Motion Dance Center on Arnold Drive and his victim was a student.
“He seduced her into a sexual relationship and took advantage of her and that’s what we’ve charged,” said Deputy District Attorney Jordan Sanders. “This is the studio where he worked and where the victim danced. We asked, but they have no comment at this time as they are still waiting to hear from police.”
The victim came forward earlier this year, reporting to police she was assaulted about five years ago when she was just 15-years-old.
“She was timid to come forward and she didn’t know what to do and I think her words were that it festered inside of her and the mental anguish of keeping this and so she eventually couldn’t take it anymore,” authorities said.
Court documents show Howarter committed the sexual acts “against said victim’s will by force, violence, duress, menace, and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury to said victim and to another.”
Law enforcement officials are encouraging anyone with information to come forward.
“If there’s anybody that has been victimized before we encourage them to come forward to the Martinez Police Department and let them know if they’ve been victimized or not or if they have any information or not,” authorities said.
Howarter was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility and his bail is set at $75,000.
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