Grant Davies: Refused bail. Photo: FacebookA court has refused Sydney dance teacher Grant Davies’ request to be released from custody just days after police laid dozens of extra child sex assault charges against him.
The former co-director of RG Dance, in Sydney’s inner west, applied for bail in the Supreme Court of NSW on Thursday but it was refused.
His application came after police charged him with an extra 37 sex and indecent assault charges on Tuesday bringing the total number of offences to 47.
The accused appeared in court via audio-video link, constantly wiping his nose with a tissue and running his hands through his hair repeatedly.
His father Robert Davies offered $250,000 surety but Justice Carolyn Simpson said the electronic evidence was too strong to allow the accused to be released into the community.
The court heard police had six volumes of evidence containing thousands of text messages Davies allegedly sent to several underage girls “at all hours of the night”.
“[There is] a pattern of behaviour that has been quite intense for a number of years,” the prosecution said.
Justice Simpson said there was no way to be sure he would not try to contact victims or access the internet if he was released from custody.
“History shows Davies has made prolific use of electronic media in contacting children for sexual purposes,” she said.
“[There is] a large volume of electronic material which is highly incriminating.”
Davies, 39, is accused of sexually assaulting, grooming and taking naked photographs of students for more than a decade.
The charges laid so far relate to eight victims aged between nine and 15. Davies was arrested in May after his wife, Lisa Ricketts, allegedly found inappropriate messages her husband sent to a girl, copied the messages onto a thumb drive and took it and his laptop to police.
He was originally charged with four offences relating to the production of child abuse material and accuse of grooming two girls under the age of 16.
Police then charged him with an additional six counts, including the aggravated sexual and indecent assault of a 12-year-old boy.
The dance studio was shut down shortly after his arrest but a new dance studio has since taken over the space.
RG Dance was a highly successful dance school which operated for more than a decade, in which time students won international competitions and appeared in major productions including the Lion King and Billy Elliot.
Police say they expect to lay more charges involving several more victims.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.