Dance instructor sentenced for inappropriate relationship with student hit with lawsuit from victim

HOUSTON - A former Houston area dance team instructor who was recently convicted of having an inappropriate relationship with a female student faces a lawsuit from the victim and her mother. Recent court documents filed Dec. 4 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas say Amanda Feenstra "abused her position" when she worked at Humble High School from 2009 to 2011. According to the suit, Feenstra showed an "unusual and bizarre admiration" for the then-adolescent, who was the colonel of the school's Wild Cadets dance team, which ultimately led to the relationship in question. The plaintiffs explain that Feenstra convinced the girl's mother to have the student move in with her and her husband, stating Feenstra hatched her "sadistic plan of turning (the girl) into (her) sexual toy" shortly afterwards. Feenstra and the victim reportedly engaged in sexual intercourse at the house when Feenstra's husband was away as well as "various other locations" including the school itself. School officials apparently were aware of the dubious interaction between Feenstra and the teenager, but "did nothing to investigate or stop" the aforementioned relationship, the original petition says. It further asserts that Feenstra continued to contact and stalk the victim after the latter's graduation. Initially reluctant to report Feenstra's purported actions and conduct, the plaintiff spoke to a former HHS dance instructor who, in turn, contacted school authorities. Police arrested Feenstra last March. She was sentenced to a decade of deferred adjudication and probation in late October. The suit, which also names the Humble Independent School District and the HHS administration as defendants, insists the victim is "likely emotionally scarred for life" because of Feenstra. A jury trial is requested. Attorney Aubrey "Nick" Pittman of The Pittman Law Firm P.C. in Dallas is representing the complainants. Case No. 4:13-CV-3351

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