Dance team member accused of sexual assault

OMAHA, Neb. -- A member of an Omaha-area drill team is being accused of sexual assault by two younger members — making five victims so far.

As more potential victims come forward, court documents state that victims as young as seven shared stories with investigators.

The suspect is 23-year-old Brittianee Bates. She’s facing a number of sexual assault felonies after she was arrested in January.

On Wednesday, Bates's latest accusers said they were touched inappropriately by her during sleepovers. They are all part of the same female dance team.

One girl told investigators she remembers Bates playing pornography and saying she should do to the other girls what we she was viewing. Another girl said Bates described what they were doing as “playing house.”

“Thankfully, everyone involved here — the victims — came forward under difficult circumstances. They were preyed upon by someone they thought was a friend — teammates,” Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said. “We’re thankful because we don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

Bates remains in the Douglas County Jail on $500,000 bond. She’s due back in court next week.

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