Dance tutor ‘killer’ has life support cut

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A man alleged to have killed a controversial former dance tutor – who used to run classes in Great Cornard – has died after having his life support plug pulled.

It is believed that Mathew Hodgkinson shot Scott Rogers, his father-in-law and ex-lover, at his USA home before shooting himself in an attempted suicide.

Sheriff Brett Stassi told the BBC the 36-year-old had had his life support plug pulled – and investigations were now taking place surrounding the decision.

The sheriff’s office is trying to find who made the call to take Hodgkinson off life support.

The decision was made on Friday morning, but authorities were not told until two hours after his death.

It had been reported that Mr Hodgkinson’s condition was improving.

Mr Rogers, 52, was accused of “conditioning” children, turning them away from their parents, when he ran performing arts classes in Suffolk.

Many of the schools where he ran classes, including Great Cornard Middle School, stopped Mr Rogers’ Academy of Dancing and Performing Arts using their facilities after accusations of sexual assault and of the “brainwashing” of students.

Suffolk County Council even took the decision to warn parents of the “perceived risk” of sending their children to his academy, based in Fornham Road, Bury St Edmunds.

Since Mr Rogers’ death, former students have come forward in both the UK and the US with allegations of sexual abuse.

Parents have told how Mr Rogers kept their children estranged from them, with claims that pupils were brainwashed and given “Russian wedding rings” to show they were “married” to the academy.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said: “Suffolk Police have so far received a handful of calls from people who have made initial allegations that they were sexually abused by Rogers.”