Sex charges filed against ex-dance teacher

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in Tennessee said a former dance instructor pleaded guilty to sex charges involving a 14-year-old girl.

According to reports, 30-year-old Ross McCord of Brentwood was sentenced to serve eight years in prison on two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure. During Monday's hearing, McCord apologized for his actions. His lawyer, Eric Larsen, told the judge it is unlikely McCord will receive parole.

A Franklin police news release said police began investigating the former DC Dance Factory instructor last October after the girl's parents came forward with information regarding McCord and their daughter.

An attorney for DC Dance Factory said in a statement that the studio severed ties with McCord after learning about the allegations from police.