Dance instructor accused of having sexual relationship with boy, 15

Jennifer Efre Deberry charged with felony lewd, lascivious battery

Author: Analia Fiestas, Associate producer, afiestas@local10.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:00:10 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 09 2013 01:12:42 PM EDT
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -

A dance instructor from Coral Springs is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy.

Jennifer Efre Deberry, 30, was arrested and charged with felony lewd and lascivious battery after an eight-month investigation.

Friends told Local 10 the 30-year-old woman is married and has kids. Business records say the dance studio where the two met is run by the accused woman's family.

It's unclear how the relationship came to light. Police say the last time the two had sex was back in January at Deberry's home.

In January, police took a sworn statement from the victim who said he had been involved in a sexual relationship with Deberry since September of 2012.

Deberry was released on $10,000 bond on Sunday.

Dance trophies line the floor at "The Dance Effects" studios in Coral Springs.

Its where the 30-year old taught class and took a liking to one of her students -- a 15-year-old who police say she carried on a sexual relationship with for the past year.

"Its crazy and you've got the wrong person. That was my initial reaction. That you can't be talking about her," said Denise Colbert, Deberry's neighbor.

Disheartened and disappointed, neighbors say Deberry was always busy with dance class and always talking about upcoming competitions.

"Knowing Jen, I don't think its a predator thing. Obviously, from the way I know Jen, it had to be some kind of intense feeling," Colbert said.

Meantime, detectives acquired 117 pages of text messages between the victim and Deberry, which described their sexual relationship.

In one text message, Deberry allegedly wrote to the student:

"Its hard to imagine that it would ever possibly get any better than this weekend was. I'm going to miss you all day tomorrow until I see you, but it will feel great when I do. I love you."

In another message she talks about the teen's parents:

"I hope one day I will be their daughter-in-law. I can't believe how I want to spend the rest of my life with you and I'm sure of it. I love you more than anything and have loved you for a long time."

"I don't think she would have jumped into it for the hell of it. Its not the kind of person she is," Colbert said.

"Should you have made another decision? Absolutely, considering. But sometimes your heart wants what its wants. I'm not saying its okay. I'm really not," Colbert said.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact police at 954-346-1301.