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Dance instructor arrested, charged with battery and molestation

May 4, 2021 - St. Petersburg police arrested a 52-year-old dance instructor at the St. Petersburg Ballet Conservatory on charges stemming from what police said was an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. The dance instructor, Servy Gallardo, is charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation today, police said in a news release. Detectives are concerned that there could be additional victims. The Police Department is asking anyone with information to come forward and/or anyone. who has been victimized by Gallardo to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780. Anonymous tips can be sent by texting the letters SPPD and the tip, to TIP411.

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