An Omaha dance instructor has been arrested for the alleged sexual assault of three young men.
Twenty-three-year-old Teneko Penn was booked for one count of sexual assault of a child and two counts of sexual assault. Investigators tell Channel 6 News Penn's alleged victims were all boys, the youngest 10 years old at the time of the alleged incident. The other two were 14 and 18 at the time of the alleged assaults. Police say the assaults took place in 2009 and 2010.
It was Penn's love of dance and his commitment to local dance and drill teams that led to his arrest. Penn was at the Juneteenth celebration last weekend. It's not clear if Penn knew he was a wanted man, but U.S. Marshals expected Penn to show up for the parade. They weren't disappointed. Penn was taken into custody and booked into the Douglas County Jail.
Penn is described as a dance instructor and choreographer, now police are calling him a predator. The three boys are brothers and their family has since moved out of the metro. In fact it was an Arizona investigation that lead to Penn's arrest.
What concerns local authorities the most is the amount of contact Penn had with young people. As a dance instructor, Penn is well known in the dance community. He has been linked, at least through a Google search, to a number of prominent Omaha dance and drill teams. None of those schools would comment on Penn's arrest or how he was connected to their schools.
At this point Omaha investigators have not been able to sit down and interview the three alleged victims, so their connection to or association with Penn is unclear and OPD detectives aren't offering many details on the case other than that the alleged assaults happened in the boys' Tomahawk Park neighborhood home in the area of I-680 and Fort.
No one is certain whether or not there are any additional alleged victims, but Penn's contact with young people has authorities concerned and investigators searching.
A Douglas County jailer said Penn remained in custody on Wednesday, pending $100,000 bail.