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Dance troupe worker charged with rape

Posted April 13, 2010 2:52 p.m. EDT
Updated April 13, 2010 7:25 p.m. EDT

— A stagehand for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been charged in connection with a sexual assault alleged to have occurred at the Carolina Inn early Sunday, police said Tuesday.

David James Kerr, 39, an electrician who travels with the acclaimed dance company, was charged with second-degree rape. He was being held Tuesday in the Orange County Jail under a $70,000 secured bond.

A woman told police that she had gotten into an argument with her friend and left her room, and she then met Kerr, who said she could stay in his room, according to a search warrant. She said she was assaulted when she went back to his room.

The alleged assault was reported at about 3 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The dance company performed Saturday night at Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

Kerr told police he had consensual sex with a woman at the hotel and then dropped her purse off at the front desk after she left it in his room, according to the search warrant.