Principal Dancer Yat-Sen Chang sentenced to prison for sexual assaults on girls and young woman
Yat-Sen Chang, from Cuba, is a former principal dancer of the English National Ballet. Online resources indicate he joined the English National Ballet in 1993 and was a principal dancer until 2011, performing in The Nutcracker, Coppelia and Sleeping Beauty.
What was the Complaint and Investigation of Yat-Sen Chang?
Two victims made a report to the Metropolitan police in 2016. Those assaults were reported to have taken place in private ballet tuition lessons at the home of Chang, the dance school or the ballet school. Two further victims came forward later with their own allegations.
What sexual offences was Yat-Sen Chang accused of?
The victims were aged between 16 and 18 at the time of offences. They accused Chang of touching them inappropriately during massages at the dance school or ballet school. The girls and women were from the English National Ballet and Young Dancers Academy in London. These offences took place between December 2009 and March 2016.
What sexual offences was Yat-Sen Chang convicted of?
Chang was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault and one count of assault by penetration. He was found guilty in May 2021.
He was handed down a prison sentence of 9 years
What did the judge say about Yat-Sen Chang?
At the sentencing hearing, the judge said of Chang, “You became emboldened when the young women did not report your conduct,” and that Chang had taken advantage of his “fame and position of trust”. “Your offending has had a profound impact on all your victims and you have demonstrated no remorse for your appalling behaviour.”
What did the victims say about Chang?
One victim said, “He did ruin most of my late teenage years. I hope he will face what he has done with regret and pain.” She also said, “I still feel haunted, violated, shamed and humiliated.”
What did the Police say?
Detective Constable Helen Larson said Chang was "a dangerous and predatory individual".
"He abused his position of trust and power to prey on them when they were most vulnerable,"