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Junior Miss choreographer arrested on sex charge

MOBILE (AP) — The America's Junior Miss program is looking for a new choreographer after its last one was arrested in Florida on charges of having sex with teenage girls.

Executive director Becky Jo Peterson said Georgio Fagan, arrested at his dance studio Friday in Lake Mary, Fla., did a wonderful job for the pageant based in Mobile, but he won't be back following his arrest.

Peterson said she would consider rehiring him if he were cleared of the charges, however.

Authorities in Lake Mary arrested Fagan, 39, on charges accusing him of plying teenage girls with drugs and having sex with at least seven of them.

He has been the national choreographer for America's Junior Miss since 2002.

"Whatever happened anywhere else, he really put his heart and soul in the program, and he really cared for the contestants," Peterson told the Press-Register in a story Tuesday.

The America's Junior Miss pageant for 2007 concluded two weeks ago. Police began investigating Fagan in December, but Lake Mary police Chief Steve Bracknell said his agency didn't contact anyone connected with America's Junior Miss during the investigation.

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