Pa. lawyer on trial in Russian child-sex case

September 21, 2010 7:47:51 AM PDT
A lawyer and arts philanthropist from suburban Philadelphia goes on trial Tuesday on charges he sexually abused a Russian ballet dancer he helped support.

Prosecutors say Kenneth Schneider of Berwyn began a long relationship with a Russian boy when the victim was 12. They say he paid for the boy's ballet school and had the boy move in to his Moscow apartment.

The 45-year-old Schneider has been in custody since his March arrest in Cyprus. He is the founder of the Apogee Foundation, a New York-based arts group.

Schneider is also charged with bringing the boy to Philadelphia for a 2001 summer program and continuing the sexual relationship.

Defense lawyer Joseph Green Jr. tried unsuccessfully to get the charges dismissed on statute-of-limitation grounds.