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Dance teacher is guilty of rape
A dance teacher has been found guilty of raping a woman he gave lessons to.

Joseph Lantelli, 42, from Gloucester, attacked the woman, in her 40s, on two occasions in the autumn and winter of 2002, Winchester Crown Court heard.

She met Lantelli, a former World Salsa Dancing finalist, when he took group lessons at locations in the West.

The pair became close after Lantelli flattered the woman during the lessons. Then on a later occasion, he violently pinned her down and attacked her.

Nightclub lesson

The friendship had cooled when Lantelli met his future wife Sinead 29, who danced with him in Salsa competitions.

But he attacked her after one lesson in a nightclub, the court heard.

After the first attack the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the jury: "I cried all the way to my house. I felt dirty."

The woman then did not see Lantelli for some months but, on a later occasion, he attacked her, leaving her bruised.

After the rape, the victim told the court, "there was a smirk and a half-smile on his face and he said, 'you enjoyed that'."

The woman contacted police in March last year. Lantelli refused to answer questions in police interviews and did not give evidence at the trial but denied rape.

Judge Andrew Barnett warned the dance instructor from Keats Avenue, Podsmead, Gloucester, he faces a lengthy jail term and adjourned the case for sentencing at Winchester in March.

Lantelli is currently serving a two-and-a-half year jail term for sexually assaulting a then 18-year-old woman in a separate incident.



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