HENRICO, VA (WWBT)- A judge sentenced a former Henrico dance instructor to 16 years in prison for having sex with his underage dancers and possessing child porn.
The judge went above the sentencing guidelines, which call for 11 years, in sentencing Andrew DeFiesta. DeFiesta must register as a sex offender and cannot have any contact with minors upon his release.
The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to 16 charges of indecent liberties with children and child pornography, while making an Alford plea for two other charges which means he doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him.
"I'm happy with 16 years. I wanted it to be more. I wanted him to be locked away for the rest of his life," said one of his former students Brittany Kerfoot.