NSW dance teacher Grant Davies has been sentenced to at least 18 years’ jail over his abuse of students.
CREEPY photographs of a former dance teacher embracing tiny girls he calls “my favourite” and “my gorgeous ballerina” reveal the convicted paedophile’s sick world.
Grant Davies, incarcerated in Silverwater remand centre as a prison committee decides which correctional facility he will spend the next 18 years, took thousands of photographs of his students.
Insisting on girls as young as seven be dressed in skimpy and clingy outfits and painted with showgirl style make-up, Davies adopted the guise of cheeky prankster.
In a series of photographs posted on a now-deleted website, one favourite girl is dressed up in white and adopting a Marilyn Monroe pose.
Another image, which Davies tagged on Facebook “one of my all time fav pics” shows a girl aged about eight in full make-up and glamorous hairstyle gazing up adoringly as he clutched her to him.
The pictures, obtained by news.com.au, were removed from Davies social media pages and deleted after his arrest more than three years ago.
Davies may be locked up for the term of his sentence in a special protection wing for child sex offenders, where some of the country’s most reviled prisoners live together and work in the prison bakery or making curtains and sheets for the hotel industry.
Among the photographs obtained by news.com.au, are images of Davies posing with two young sisters.
Evidence was given during his trial that the girls’ mother sent Davies sexually explicit photos of her daughters to advance their careers.
Jailed in 2014 for doing so, the mother later said that Davies ran the business “like a cult” and promised her daughters they would be “stars”.
A photo of Davies in class shows a group of little girls, mostly in midriff baring outfits clustered about him delighted and agog as he holds hands with one and plays the fool.
One of Davies’ former dance students, now in her 20s, has since revealed children as young as three had to wear crop tops and shorts which barely covered their private parts.
Girls were banned from wearing bras, and students were told to wear a G-string or no underwear at all.
But only some of the girls knew the truth behind their teacher’s jovial exteriors, the man who behind closed doors touched their genital and breast areas, or in one case engaged in anal penetration.
One of the sisters who featured in photographs and videos in Davies child pornography collection later told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse that she thought Davies would make her a star.
“I didn’t want to do the videos and photos but I thought that was the only way I would become a professional dancer,” she said.
Now facing potential confinement among the freaks and most reviled men in the prison protection wing for paedophiles at Long Bay Correctional Centre’s 10 Wing, Davies is far away from his creepy fantasy world.
But it was an existence he managed to maintain for years.
This was despite the fact he was previously accused of molesting the children who came seeking fame at RG Dance Studio which he ran with his sister, Rebecca Davies.
Opened in 2002, by at least January 2003 the studio became a place of hope and misery for children desperate to be dance stars to the point they were subjected to molestation under threat.
Davies other victims were aged 12, 13 and 14 years old and told police Davies would caress or kiss their genital or breast areas, rub his penis on them, squeeze them, and kiss them fully on the lips.
He sexually assaulted them at RG Dance’s Chiswick studio, at his home and at various locations around Sydney and the state where he conducted private dance classes.
Davies was so trusted by one girls’ family, he would come to dinner, even though he was regularly abusing her.
In 2007, police seized Davies’ computer following a complaint that had sent very young girls sexually explicit text messages about masturbation and told them of his sexual fantasies.
But the investigation was dropped.
The woman who was jailed for sending Davies images of her daughters said he “threatened to destroy me and my daughters … expose me and what I was doing” if she didn’t respond to his demands.
Parents later said that if they did not comply with Davies request for nude pictures or sexual attention, he would humiliate the girls in class or threaten to remove them from productions.
RG Studios produced dancers for several mainstream dance theatre shows between 2002 and 2012.
In the weeks leading up to his arrest, Davies and his sister Rebecca took a troupe of girl students to the US studios of controversial TV star Abby Lee Miller.
Ms Miller is the front woman of the reality TV show “Dance Moms”. In a bizarre session recorded with American dance mothers, the Davies siblings lecture the mothers about their negativity towards Ms Miller and coach a session to encourage ‘positive energy’.
In May 2013, a friend of Davies’ sister alerted Davies’ schoolteacher wife to the fact he had child pornography on his laptop.
The women went to the police and Davies, whose wife described him as controlling and violent towards her at home, was arrested.
News of his arrest ignited blogs and social media sites belonging to members of the local dance industry.
Dance teachers and mother complained that they “all knew” about Davies, but previous attempts to have him arrested had failed.
In sentencing Davies to a maximum 24 years’ prison, with an 18 year minimum, Justice Jennie Girdham said he used a “pattern of conduct and groomed the children for sexual exploitation”.
“He constantly found new victims,” she said.
Grant Davies’ next 18 years will predominantly be in his “jail of sentence”, beginning in maximum security.
The Metropolitan Special Purposes Centre at Long Bay in Sydney has a protective custody wing for sex offenders, who work in the Reg Boys Bakery making muffins for jail consumption and in the Textiles warehouse producing curtains and sheets.
Davies will likely share a cell in the NSW prison system’s current crowded conditions.
He would occupy a three by four metre cell in the historical Long Bay facility, where vulnerable or reviled prisoners are kept together.
Police informants, sex offenders and paedophiles, considered the “lowest of the low” in the prison pecking order, are kept separately from other inmates who might target them for assault.
But as high profile child sex offender, the former Hey Dad TV star Robert Hughes discovered, separation does not mean safety from assault or abuse.
Inmates hurled cartons of their faeces and urine at Hughes as he was moved between yards at Goulburn prison with other protected prisoners.