Page 1 of 70 1231151 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 1043

Thread: Busted Martial Artists

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    43,066

    Busted Martial Artists

    It seems like I'm getting more and more of these sorts of news stories, sad to say. I can't tell if I'm just hyper-sensitive or it's a growing phenomena. So I'm going to start compiling them here, just to see where it goes. I know there's some archived threads too, which could be linked in to this one.

    Karate Instructor Accused Of Molesting Student
    Monday, November 12, 2007 12:27:42 AM

    A karate instructor remains locked up on charges he molested at least one of his young students.

    Stephen Gressett, 20, is accused of molesting a girl under 12 years old during a class at United Tiger Martial Arts on Conroy Windermere Road.

    The girl said the incident happened more than a year ago. She told police there were no adults around at the time.

    Gressett denies the allegation. He's charged with lewd or lascivious molestation.

    Investigators are now interviewing other students in class.
    Marital Arts Instructor Accused Of Touching Female Student
    POSTED: 5:44 pm EST November 12, 2007

    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Some parents are standing by their children's martial arts instructor who was arrested over the weekend. Stephen Gressett, 20, is accused of touching one of his female students inappropriately at the United Tiger Martial Arts on Conroy Road.

    The alleged incident happened at the center more than a year ago. The girl reported it to police last week. Gressett has been teaching at the center for four years. Other parents told Eyewitness News he is innocent.

    "I've known Stephen. I've watched him grow as an adult and he's just become more professional," said parent Deanna Batt.

    Eyewitness News tried to interview Gressett from jail, but he declined. He also refused to take a polygraph test.

    Police said they are now looking into the case further to see if there are any more potential victims.
    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

  2. #2
    cjurakpt Guest

    more grist for the mill...

    this story was featured locally in NY about a month ago...

    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?se...cal&id=5725423

    Karate instructor accused of sexual abuse may be facing more charges
    Also accused of secretly videotaping his students

    Eyewitness News
    (Long Island-WABC, Oct. 25, 2007) - A Karate instructor on Long Island charged with sexual abuse is now being investigated for even more disturbing incidents.
    Suffolk County police say James Bonfiglio, the owner of Excel Karate Academy in Ronkonkoma, may have secretly videotaped his students and had questionable relationships with as many as 10 boys.
    Bonfiglio, 37 was arrested Oct. 11 after a 13-year-old male student told authorities that Bonfiglio took him to his Ronkonkoma apartment and abused him in July. He pleaded not guilty to committing a sexual act, a felony and misdemeanor sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, and was released on $60,000 bond.
    The additional charges against the instructor were uncovered through the first investigation and are expected to be presented to a grand jury. Authorities say the found hidden cameras that were discovered at Bonfiglio's apartment and in the karate school's bathroom.
    Also, Suffolk County police say a computer seized during the search of Bonfiglio's apartment had videos of naked boys, that may have been shot with the secret cameras.
    Bonfiglio's attorney, Jerry Garguilo, said he was not aware of additional charges and had not spoken with the district attorney's office. "I cannot speak intelligently on that at this point," he said.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    22,250
    Ewww....
    Psalms 144:1
    Praise be my Lord my Rock,
    He trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle !

  4. #4
    I'm thinking of a word....

    ah, yes

    CAS TRA TION
    Chan Tai San Book at https://www.createspace.com/4891253

    Quote Originally Posted by taai gihk yahn View Post
    well, like LKFMDC - he's a genuine Kung Fu Hero™
    Quote Originally Posted by Taixuquan99 View Post
    As much as I get annoyed when it gets derailed by the array of strange angry people that hover around him like moths, his good posts are some of my favorites.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kellen Bassette View Post
    I think he goes into a cave to meditate and recharge his chi...and bite the heads off of bats, of course....

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    22,250
    here, here !!
    Psalms 144:1
    Praise be my Lord my Rock,
    He trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle !

  6. #6
    cjurakpt Guest
    and it's right in my neighborhood as well - ick...

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Lostin Austin
    Posts
    854
    Sad? Yes. Surprising? Not really. People just released from prison can open up a MA school without any real accountability. So one would expect that there are all sorts of deviants and misfits operating schools.
    The 10 Elements of Choy Lay Fut:
    Kum, Na, Gwa, Sau, Chop, Pow, Kup, Biu, Ding, Jong

    The 13 Principles of Taijiquan:
    Ward Off, Roll Back, Press, Push, Pluck, Elbow, Shoulder, Split, Forward, Back, Left, Right, Central Equilibrium

    And it doesn't hurt to practice stuff from:
    Mounts, Guards, and Side Mounts!


    Austin Kung-Fu Academy

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Western MASS
    Posts
    4,812
    Quote Originally Posted by lkfmdc View Post
    I'm thinking of a word....

    ah, yes

    CAS TRA TION

    you mean 3 words?
    castration is 1 word.
    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho Mantis View Post
    Genes too busy rocking the gang and scarfing down bags of cheetos while beating it to nacho ninjettes and laughing at the ridiculous posts on the kfforum. In a horse stance of course.

  9. #9
    cjurakpt Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by yutyeesam View Post
    So one would expect that there are all sorts of deviants and misfits operating schools.
    and then there are the ones who also molest their students...

  10. #10
    Judo's at the forefront again. 1st they introduced the belt ranking system & a couple of years ago: http://www.usjf.com/public/background.pdf

    That's just to get a Shodan. All MA instructors should have to do something similar to this regardless of style.

    The B

  11. #11
    I think there is a program that the parents may just check on the list of child molesters or sex offenders near by including the MA teachers of course.

    sort of a neighbor watch!.


  12. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    43,066

    Here's another one

    I got this one a few days ago.

    11/9/2007 10:54:00 AM
    Martial arts instructor to plead on federal sex charges
    AARON KEITH HARRIS
    Staff Writer

    XENIA – A Miami Valley martial arts instructor is expected to plead guilty in federal court Friday morning to having a sexual relationship with an underage female student, court officials said.

    Daniel P. Doyle, 31, of Spring Valley, was scheduled to plead guilty Friday afternoon to a single count of engaging in an illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place, but the hearing in United States District Court was pushed back to 9 a.m. Monday, officials said.

    The plea agreement with prosecutors should mean Doyle spends between 100 and 120 months in prison, officials said.

    Doyle was originally charged in Greene County Common Pleas Court after being arrested in May on suspicion that he had sex with a martial arts student while on trips to competitions in several different states and foreign counties, according to court documents.
    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Canada!
    Posts
    23,099
    makes ya wonder doesn't it?

    if this is only the face of it, then I don't want to know the body or root of it.

    be upright, it's what you can do about it.
    Kung Fu is good for you.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    43,066

    Here's another...

    ...but it's not sexual, thankfully. It's just odd. You need to go to the site and see the pic to really judge.

    Outrage as martial arts-obsessed teacher poses with guns in chilling internet photo
    Last updated at 09:37am on 2nd November 2007

    Comments Comments (7)
    A teacher has sparked fury among parents after a chilling picture showing him holding a pair of fake handguns appeared on a popular social networking website.

    English and media studies master William Cambata, 29, set up a personal page on hit website Bebo - which shows him adopting a sinister pose dressed in black, with arms crossed, each hand grasping a handgun.

    As well as the disturbing picture depicting him glaring menacingly into the camera, Cambata went on to list his interests on the page, which included horror movies, martial arts and role playing games. Using strong language, he also spoke of how he made classroom bullies feel "insignificant".

    The site was spotted by parents of pupils who had visited the page - and after one concerned parent wrote to the school complaining Cambata's site "glamorised violence" the shamed teacher was forced to apologise and remove his profile, although he has not been suspended.

    A mother of one of Cambata's pupils, who did not want to be named, said: "My son enjoys the lessons he has with Mr Cambata but after looking at the website I was concerned. I was shocked to see him posing with guns.

    "The interests he seemed to have were unusual to say the least and I think as a teacher he should be keeping his private life private. Students had been contacting him praising him for the work he has done to combat bullying, but I don't think it was appropriate to do this on a personal website."

    Another furious parent wrote to the school fearing the website "glamorised violence" and could encourage pupils to take part in "mind-disturbing interests" - and added that it could encourage a school shooting such as the Columbine massacre in 1999.

    Rob Williams, headteacher at Malton School, North Yorks., - where Cambata remains employed - said an internal investigation by the school, following county council disciplinary procedures, have already started, adding that the teacher had been advised not to speak about the case.

    He said: "I have spoken with Mr Cambata about the matter and he has deleted his personal space on the website Bebo.

    "He explained to me that the website relates to an external interest in role playing games and the picture is related to this. As a teacher posing with toy guns this illustrated poor judgement and he has apologised.

    "I can categorically state that this is not another 'Columbine in the making' and if I thought for a minute that a member of staff had posed with real guns I would have called the police.

    There will be an investigation into the matter following North Yorkshire County Council disciplinary procedures.

    "Mr Cambata is a good teacher who encourages creativity among his students."

    Twelve students and a teacher were killed at Columbine High School in America when two students went on a shooting rampage.
    Gene Ching
    Publisher www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips
    Support our forum by getting your gear at MartialArtSmart

  15. #15
    Just another geek playing with toy weapons. The guy probably isn't much different than any other MA geek playing with Chinese or Japanese weapons.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkLYYaTWoRc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6dUCOS1bM0

    One of my friends with a school used to let parents drop their kids off at his dojo while they ran errands. He finally wised up and now makes sure a parent is on premises with their kid.
    Last edited by rogue; 11-13-2007 at 05:41 PM.
    I quit after getting my first black belt because the school I was a part of was in the process of lowering their standards A painfully honest KC Elbows

    The crap that many schools do is not the crap I was taught or train in or teach.

    Dam nit... it made sense when it was running through my head.

    DM


    People love Iron Crotch. They can't get enough Iron Crotch. We all ride the Iron Crotch for the exposure. Gene

    Find the safety flaw in the training. Rory Miller.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •