A victim of child abuse for over five years and his father confronted the abuser in a North Carolina courtroom on Jan. 13.
The anonymous 22-year-old, who was 14 when the abuse began, was given drugs and alcohol by Eddie Mabry, 52, his dance teacher at the time.
Mabry touched the boy’s private parts on and under his clothing, then drank alcohol with him, and gave him money for marijuana, The Herald reported. The assaults occurred at Mabry’s dance studio and at his home in Huntersville, North Carolina, according to The Charlotte Observer.
After Mabry pleaded guilty on Jan. 13, a judge sentenced him to at least six years in jail, reported The Charlotte Observer.
The victim’s father stated in court that only a promise he made to his son prevented him from taking matters into his own hands after finding out about the abuse.
“I would have hunted you down and killed you,” the father told Mabry in court, according to The Charlotte Observer. “You broke our trust. My son looked up to you.”
The boy became addicted to drugs and alcohol due to the abuse, almost dying of a heroin overdose at one point.
Then, in March 2015, he told his father what had happened.
“He told me, ‘I’m going to tell you something, but you have to promise me that you are not going to hurt anybody after you hear it,” the father said, reported The Charlotte Observer. "I need my dad for my whole life.'"
The family took the matter to the police. The boy then visited Mabry at his home wearing a hidden camera. It was during this visit that the former dance teacher confessed his guilt.
“The video was damning,” said defense attorney George Laughrun, according to The Charlotte Observer. "Without it, we would not be where we ended up."
The victim was also in court.
“Why me?” he asked Mabry, reported The Charlotte Observer. “I don’t understand. I don’t know why you picked me. How do you guys do that?”
The father said after the court hearing that he was not yet ready to forgive Mabry for what he did.
“He was a teacher, a leader in the community, a friend of my family,” he said, according to The Charlotte Observer. “He needed to know how many sleepless nights we’ve had, how much money we’ve spent trying to help our son.”