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Former dance studio owners accused of molestation of a dance student

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BOSSIER PARISH, La. -

Former husband/wife owners of a local dance studio were arrested of multiple counts of molestation of one of their students. Detectives arrested the couple after the female victim came forward and told them about the sexual acts that took place years earlier when she was as young as 10 years old. She is now 28.

Gregg Hornbeak, 52, and his wife, Melonie ("Missy") Hornbeak, 50, of Benton, were charged Aug. 23 with molestation of a juvenile for sexual acts with the young female dance student at their residence. The victim told detectives that she was molested on multiple occasions by the Hornbeak's when she was between 10 and 17 years of age.

When questioned by detectives, Gregg and Missy Hornbeak both admitted to having sexual encounters at least six times with the girl at their residence when she was a teenager.

That confession as well as other hard evidence collected from the Hornbeaks' home builds a solid case against them.

"Some of the evidence that we found in this case that really substantiated the charges was pictures and video of the victim when she was young," said Lt. Bill Davis with the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office.

The Hornbeak's owned The Dance Shop in Shreveport before moving the studio to Bossier in 2002 and changing the name to Danceworx. The studio closed down in 2007.

During a search of the Hornbeak's home, detectives recovered a bag of suspected marijuana, a bag of suspected marijuana roaches, rolling papers, smoking devices and a pistol.

In total, Mr. and Mrs. Hornbeak are each charged with six counts of molestation of a juvenile, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. They remain jailed at the Bossier Maximum Security Facility with bonds of $606,000 each.

Statute of limitations for molestation of a juvenile is 30 years from the time the victim turns 18.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible.

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