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WAVERLY, N.Y — A former dance studio owner was found guilty of sexually assaulting children Tuesday afternoon.

Julie Werkheiser, 39, was convicted of felonies for two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child in a trial by jury.

The crimes were committed from July 2006 to November 2007  at Studio J Dance Studio on Broad Street, which she owned and also instructed classes. Both of her victims were less than 13-years-old.

Werkheiser will face a minimum sentence of 10 year to life in prison or a maximum sentence of 25 year to life in prison, according to a statement from Tioga County District Attorney Kirk Martin.

She was taken into custody and remanded without bail until she’s sentenced on Feb. 25.

Featured photo courtesy of Brian Turner.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.