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    DePalma indicted

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    Martial arts instructor from Gilbert indicted on child sex charges

    At the time of his arrest, he was booked on three counts of sexual conduct with a minor but now he faces more charges.(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
    By AZFamily Digital News Staff
    Published: Apr. 27, 2023 at 12:32 PM PDT

    PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — A Gilbert martial arts instructor who is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student and ex-employee three times over the course of several months has been indicted by a Maricopa County grand jury.

    County prosecutors filed the indictment in Superior Court on Thursday against 22-year-old Dyllon DePalma. According to detectives, DePalma was an instructor and employee at DePalma’s Team USA Martial Arts studio. Investigators say he had known the girl since she was 8 years old and he was 15. Court documents alleged that DePalma encouraged one of the victims to sneak out of their home in Queen Creek and meet up with DePalma down the street. Once arrested, he told detectives that while the victim was known to him, he denied having a relationship with her.

    Arizona’s Family previously reported that DePalma faced similar allegations two years ago. In Nov. 2021, police received a report that DePalma asked a 13-year-old girl for nude photos despite knowing her age. At the time, he was a karate instructor for DePalma’s Team USA Martial Arts.
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    Derek Lee Norman

    Martial arts instructor arrested and charged with indecent liberties with children
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    The Greensboro Police Department arrested a martial arts instructor on Tuesday and charged him with three counts of indecent liberties with children.

    Derek Lee Norman, 59, is the owner and sensei of Sanyama Dojo on 1208 Grove St. He was known to have frequent contract with children and community members while operating his business, according to a GPD press release.

    The case involves three different children, all under the age of 16, police said.

    Norman uses the alias “Hakiym Akbar” and children may know him by this name, according to Josie Cambareri, public information manager for the Greensboro Police Department.

    Norman’s bond is currently set at $75,000.

    Detectives with the Greensboro Police Department are actively working this case and believe there could be additional victims yet to be identified, police said.

    Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000. Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to P3tips.com to submit a web tip. All tips to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous.

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    Jeremy Armstead

    Owner of martial arts school sentenced for raping three students
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    Posted: Aug 16, 2023 / 03:31 PM EDT
    Updated: Aug 17, 2023 / 05:51 AM EDT


    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — After pleading guilty, the owner of a martial arts school was sentenced earlier this month for raping three of his students.

    The victims included two 15-year-old girls and one 12-year old girl.
    Owner of local martial arts academy accused of sexually abusing 3 juveniles
    30-year-old Jeremy Armstead, of Williamsburg, was arrested Aug. 16, 2018. Armstead was the owner of a martials arts school called Xtreme Dragon’s Black Belt Academy. Police said Armstead’s crimes began in 2014 with one of the 15-year-old girls, soon after Xtreme Dragons opened its original location on Brick Kiln Road.
    No bond for martial arts school owner charged with raping young students
    On March 22, 2023, Armstead pleaded guilty, according to court documents.
    On August 4, Armstead was sentenced to five 99-year sentences for two charges of rape, two charges of forcible sodomy and one charge of rape by force/threat of a victim under 13. He was also sentenced to two 10-year sentences for two accounts of abduction by force without justification.
    515 years total.
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    Gary James Meadows

    Martial arts instructor who taught young children in Brunswick arrested for child porn

    Gary James Meadows was arrested Wednesday on charges of child exploitation.
    Updated: 6:04 PM EDT Aug 16, 2023

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    BRUNSWICK, Ga. —
    Authorities in Coastal Georgia are seeking possible victims following the arrest of a karate instructor in Brunswick.

    According to the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office, Gary James Meadows was arrested Wednesday on charges of child exploitation.

    Investigators with Homeland Security say Meadows, of Townsend, was accessing and downloading child sexual abuse material. They also say he was a part-time instructor at Advance Martial Arts, teaching elementary-aged children.

    "Due to his online activity and employment, authorities are seeking information that may help identify potential victims Meadows has engaged or exploited," the MCSO said in a news release.
    Hopefully he was just accessing material, not producing it. Nevertheless, good on HS for catching him.
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    The previous post makes me wonder is there law such as child exploitation. What is its definition?




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    Franklin Joseph Perkins

    Alvin area martial arts, gymnastics coach arrested on child pornography charges


    Franklin Joseph Perkins has been charged with three counts of Possession of Child Pornography with a total bond of $225,000.00. (KPRC)

    ALVIN, Texas – An Alvin area coach has been arrested and charged after deputies say he was in possession of child pornography.
    On Aug. 21, 2023, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the Homeland Security Investigations, United States Marshals Task Force, and Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, executed a search warrant in the 500 block of Algoa-Friendswood Rd. in Alvin, Texas.
    Franklin Joseph Perkins, 39, three other adults, and three children were located on the property.
    A search of the residence was conducted and child pornography was found.
    Perkins was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography. His bond is set at $225,000.
    Perkins is known to work with children in the Alvin area, coaching them in martial arts and gymnastics. Please contact the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office at 409-766-2333 if you have any information related to this investigation.
    Wonder what kind of martial arts he coached.
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    Allan Todd Pisarich

    An ex-MS martial arts instructor sexually abused her as a child. Adults called her a liar. BY MARGARET BAKER UPDATED AUGUST 28, 2023 4:07 PM

    On the eve of his trial, former Ocean Springs martial arts instructor Allan Todd Pisarich pleaded guilty to felony charges for sexually assaulting a minor girl. Pisarich, 54, pleaded guilty Monday to six counts of sexual battery and three counts of touching a child for lustful purposes. He entered the plea before Judge Calvin Taylor and was sentenced to serve 20 years, day for day, in prison. The judge also ordered Pisarich to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Prior to his sentencing, the judge heard from four of the victims and two mothers. One of those victims, Serena Goldsberry, asked to be identified by name. “I was a kid, a child, who Allan Todd Pisarich raped and abused,” Goldsberry said. “He turned me into somebody, something I wasn’t. He acted like he was coming into my life and being ‘there for me.’ He painted a picture of what he wished he could be.” The girl talked about how people in the community supported Pisarich and called her a “liar.” “Not only was my childhood ripped from me, but (also) my innocence, my virginity (and) my loving open heart,” she said. “Todd hurt me physically and emotionally. He pretended to be my father while he had me in his bedroom pretending to be my husband.” Like some of the other victims, Goldsberry had been a student at the martial arts academy, and soon after, Pisarich assumed the role of a father figure. Instead, he abused that trust and sexually assaulted Goldsberry on various occasions for years. Jackson County prosecutors had planned to have at least three victims testify at the trial before Pisarich decided to plead guilty.


    Allan Todd Pisarich Jackson County Adult Detention Center
    “Todd Allan Pisarich lived two lives — a public life of a trusted community member and coach and a private life where he used young girls for his depraved sexual satisfaction,” District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath said. “Pisarich’s victims have been through hell: they endured the sexual abuse, faced hurdle after hurdle in the community and court system, and now live with the aftermath of the sexual abuse. This sentence delivers justice to his victims and ensures he will never hurt another child again.” In 2017, Jackson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Pisarich, then 50, on two counts of sexual battery for assaulting one minor teen. By December 2018, authorities arrested him again, this time for sexually assaulting another victim. When the crimes occurred at different times, beginning in 2016, Pisarich owned The Academy of Mixed Martial Arts on Old Spanish Trail in Ocean Springs. He led the martial arts center and taught Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a combat sport focusing on grappling and ground fighting. He accepted students as young as 3 years old. For years since his arrest and subsequent indictments, the families of those involved have fought to get the case tried. The trial was delayed at least 14 times during the COVID-19 pandemic, with five delays blamed on coronavirus and most of the others due to requests by then-attorney Wendy Martin. According to authorities, Pisarich preyed on the minor girls and sexually assaulted them after first developing a relationship with a relative of the minor girls. Pisarich had been free on bond pending trial before his guilty pleas.


    Allen Todd Pisarich Santa Rosa County Jail, Milton, Fla.
    “Todd told me I couldn’t serve our country in the ways he did,” Goldsberry said of the former Marine. “I never ruined my chances of joining the military like he tried to make me believe. I am a soldier, and I’m **** good at it, too.” Assistant district attorneys Nikki Huffman and Carolyn Lewis prosecuted the case. “We teach our kids to tell us if someone hurts them,” Huffman said. “Then, so often when they tell, the victim is not believed. “Pisarich admitted in open court to his sexual abuse of these victims,” Huffman said. “There can be no doubt in the community that these girls told the truth. Judge Taylor put it best when he recognized the victims’ courage and the defendant’s cowardice.”


    Allen Todd Pisarich Jackson County Adult Detention Center This story was originally published August 28, 2023, 11:28 AM.

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    Margaret Baker is an investigative reporter whose search for truth exposed corrupt sheriffs, a police chief and various jailers and led to the first prosecution of a federal hate crime for the murder of a transgendered person. She worked on the Sun Herald’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Hurricane Katrina team. When she pursues a big story, she is relentless.
    Terrible story from the victim's point of view.
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    Martial Club brawl

    1 dead after 2 martial arts clubs brawl at Taiwan train station
    Weapons found at the scene included nunchaku, machetes, sickles, and samurai swords

    By Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
    2023/09/04 19:04

    Two Indonesian martial arts groups engage in a brawl in front of Changhua railway station on Sept. 2. (Changhua County Police Department photo)

    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A violent clash between two rival Indonesian martial arts groups broke out at a train station in western Taiwan on Saturday night (Sept. 2), resulting in one death, one serious injury, and 29 arrests.

    The melee took place outside of Changhua railway station, reported ETtoday, with participants wielding weapons and multiple individuals sustaining severe injuries.

    One of the individuals died from his wounds, while another is in critical condition. Police said they arrested 29 suspects, and upon further investigation, an investigation was opened on 15 others for involvement in serious crimes.


    (Changhua County Police Department image)

    The Changhua Precinct of the Changhua County Police Department reported that one 32-year-old Indonesian man was stabbed in the back and later died. Meanwhile, a 21-year-old man was stabbed four times, but is under hospital observation, reported Liberty Times.


    (Changhua County Police Department image)

    Fifteen suspects have been transferred to the Changhua District Prosecutor's Office to be investigated for homicide (殺人罪), assault (傷害罪), and participating in a deadly brawl.

    According to preliminary police findings, there was a disagreement about martial arts training. The two groups arranged a meeting to discuss their differences, but the situation escalated.


    (Changhua County Police Department image)

    Weapons seized at the scene of the crime included knives, brass knuckles, machetes, samurai swords, survival knives, curved knives, nunchaku, screwdrivers, sickles, rods, utility knives, and cans of mace, among other items.

    The police mobilied and expanded their search efforts for suspects. In less than 16 hours, the 24-year-old main murder suspect, an Indonesian national, was arrested in Taichung City.


    (Changhua County Police Department image)

    The suspect led police to a ditch next to Jixiang Street in Changhua City, where officers recovered the knife allegedly used to commit the murder.

    The authorities will inform the brokers and companies of the migrant workers involved to strengthen their management practices. They will also notify the Indonesian representative office in Taiwan to assist the victim's family in dealing with funeral arrangements.
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    Francois Joseph Ghassibe

    Martial arts expert jailed for six years for fatally kicking elderly man in Adelaide road-rage incident


    Francois Joseph Ghassibe will spend at least three more years behind bars for the manslaughter of 70-year-old Brian Richardson
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    Mon 16 Oct 2023 00.48 EDT

    A martial arts expert has been jailed after he fatally kicked a 70-year-old man in a road-rage incident while his family watched in horror.

    Francois Joseph Ghassibe was on Monday sentenced for the manslaughter of Brian Maxwell Richardson after he was previously found not guilty of the more serious charge of murder.

    Ghassibe, 32, was in the back of a taxi on West Terrace in Adelaide when his driver was cut off by 70-year-old Brian Richardson on 1 April 2022.

    When Ghassibe tried to break up a confrontation between the taxi driver and Richardson, who had left their cars in the middle of traffic, Richardson started pushing and punching him.

    Ghassibe, who was 40 years Richardson’s junior at the time and 10 centimetres taller, retaliated with devastating effect, the court heard.

    As Richardson’s wife, brother and sister-in-law watched on from their car, Ghassibe – who later told police he had a background in martial arts – launched several blows at the older man before delivering a final kick to the chin, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the bitumen.

    A postmortem examination found the impact of his head hitting the roadway to be the fatal blow.

    Ghassibe climbed back into the taxi and left while bystanders rushed to Richardson’s aid.

    He was later pronounced dead by paramedics.

    Ghassibe pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied that he murdered Richardson.

    SA supreme court Justice David Peek found Ghassibe’s kick was unlawful as it was not in genuine self-defence and was a dangerous act he should have realised risked seriously injuring or killing Richardson.

    However, he was not satisfied that his actions demonstrated a murderous intent.

    A psychological report found Ghassibe had a troubled upbringing and was frequently subjected to physical assaults and racial abuse on account of his Lebanese and Mauritian heritage.

    He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, which was exacerbated when his wife was severely assaulted by a “large, psychotic man”, forensic psychologist Richard Balfour found.

    Ghassibe’s hyper-vigilance and hyper-arousal contributed to his state of panic during Richardson’s “unprovoked attack”, lowering his moral culpability, Justice Peek found.

    The cocaine and alcohol circulating through his bloodstream and the temporary loss of vision in his only good eye from being punched and spat at also impeded his ability to act rationally and proportionately to the situation.


    Brian Richardson, who was killed in 2022 in a road-rage incident in Adelaide. Photograph: South Australia Police/PR IMAGE

    Despite showing little contrition at the time, Ghassibe had shown remorse for his actions during the case and was on the road towards rehabilitation, the judge said.

    Nevertheless, Justice Peek said he was deserving of “substantial punishment” for the irreparable loss suffered by his victim’s family and friends.

    Richardson’s son, Shane, said his memories are “beyond painful” in a statement read out to the court.

    “I’ve lost my dad, my best mate,” he said.

    “No more laughs, no more fishing together, no more fixing ****, no more brainstorming, no more anything. It’s final and I’ll never see him again.

    “I can only hope there is justice for Dad.”

    Justice Peek sentenced Ghassibe to six years and nine months in prison.

    His non-parole period was set at four years and six months, backdated to his arrest.

    Ghassibe blew a kiss to his parents in the public gallery as he was ushered out of court.

    His lawyer Nick Vadasz told reporters outside his client was “very remorseful” and lamented that his initial guilty plea for manslaughter was not accepted, which would have saved all involved from a lengthy trial.

    Ghassibe will be eligible for parole in October 2026.
    Ironically he was trying to break up the fight at first.
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    Mark Nagel

    Teenager jailed after fatal 'martial arts-style' kick to man's head
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    17:03, Oct 17 2023
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    A man has died after he was allegedly assaulted in the heart of Christchurch. (Video first published on October 18, 2022)
    A teenager who delivered a fatal “martial arts-style” kick to his 61-year-old victim’s head and celebrated it after has been granted leave to apply for home detention.

    Anthony Michael Kelly, 61, known as Tony, was rushed to hospital and later died after he was assaulted on Cashel St in Christchurch about 6.20pm on October 18 last year.

    Mark Nagel, 19, was sentenced to two years imprisonment by Justice Rachel Dunningham at the Christchurch High Court on Friday after earlier pleading guilty to a charge of manslaughter.

    She granted him leave to apply for a home detention sentence.

    The victim’s son, Ryan Kelly, 22, stared at Nagel as his victim impact statement was read to the court. He stormed out as the judge granted Nagel leave to apply for home detention.

    “At the age of 18 you were going around attacking people... At 21 I was sitting at my dad’s bedside for 10 days before his life support was turned off,” his statement said.

    The son spoke of hearing his father utter his last breath, and not knowing if his dad could hear his last words to him.

    “I’ll never be able to do the things you do with your dad, like have a pint with him at the pub... Most importantly, I'll never be able to give him a hug and tell him I love him. These memories are what make life worth living.”

    In his statement, Tony’s brother John Kelly spoke of the heart-wrenching moment the family turned his life support off while many of them dialled in from Ireland to say their goodbyes.

    “The hardest thing we've ever had to do... We feel for your parents because they have to live knowing what their son is capable of. What you did will be with you for the rest of your life, you will never escape it.”


    Mark Nagel, 19, was sentenced to two years imprisonment with leave to apply for home detention at the Christchurch High Court on Tuesday.
    Kelly’s former wife Geraldine Clarke had been unable to reconcile her friendship with him after their marriage ended, her statement said. She would now never have that opportunity.

    “All because you wanted to be the hero in front of your peers... he died thinking I hated him.”

    Crown prosecutor Mitchell McClenaghan described the footage and sound of Kelly’s head hitting the pavement after the attack as “utterly chilling”.

    He submitted that a sentence of imprisonment was the only appropriate outcome.

    In response, Nagel’s lawyer Trudi Aickin began by extending her condolences to Kelly’s family, and added that her client was truly sorry for what had occurred.

    “He is focussed on changing himself”.

    In sentencing Nagel, Justice Dunningham granted him discounts for his guilty plea, youth, personal factors and his remorse and rehabilitation prospects.

    The judge told him: “You’ve got choices, that’s not something your victim has, that’s something you’ve taken away from him... Do something worthwhile in your life.”


    Anthony (Tony) Kelly died after he was kicked in the head, then his head hit the pavement, on Cashel St, Christchurch.
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    Nagel and his victim did not know each other. Nagel believed Kelly was taking photographs of him and his associates, but to date there has been no evidence to support this, according to the summary of facts.

    On the evening of the attack, Kelly was at the central Christchurch bus interchange before security staff asked him to leave. He walked to Cashel Mall, with Nagel and his associates following.

    The group approached Kelly, who tried to walk away. One of Nagel’s associates walked right up to him, and Kelly threw a punch in defence. The associate re-approached Kelly, adopted a fight stance and kicked him in the shin.

    Nagel walked through the group and approached Kelly, who was still facing the other associate. Nagel got close and kicked his head with his right foot using a martial arts-style kick.

    Kelly immediately lost consciousness and fell to the ground, his head hitting the pavement.

    Nagel and the other associate who assaulted Kelly went back to the bus exchange and left on different buses. They high-fived each other as they fled.

    Members of the public did CPR on Kelly until emergency services arrived. In Christchurch Hospital, he was placed in an induced coma. He succumbed to his injuries and died on October 28, at 11.04am.

    After Nagel’s sentencing, the Kelly family issued a statement noting it was “almost a year to the day on which Tony was callously attacked, and subsequently lost his life”.

    “We remember Tony, a loved father, brother and brother-in-law, uncle... loved and respected by all whom he met and interacted with.”

    His Irish charm touched many a life and he would be fondly remembered by the executive and members of the Christchurch folk club community, the statement said.

    “He gave generously of his time, every week without fail, Tony was there helping, for the love of music and this was one of Tony’s happy places.

    “The folk club had rekindled his love of music, he was quietly working away playing the guitar.”

    Just before death, Kelly was involved with another of his loves and passions – gardening and landscaping, the statement said. He had joined compatriots to help create a memorial garden to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Christchurch Irish Society.

    “He left us that day with a real sense of purpose seeing the formation of the garden, looking forward to completing the task and making more new connections.

    “The Irish community in Christchurch and Wellington will both miss him.

    “Replacing a friend like Tony who volunteered his time for others in the community is a massive task.”

    Kelly was sorely missed, but Christchurch had a living memorial that he formed with his own hands, the statement said.

    “Tony was not a man you met every day... having the craic with Tony is one thing that is sorely missed.”
    In contrast to the case above, this kid was just a punk.
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    Probably not martial actual martial artists...

    ... but so stupid it needs to be posted here as a cautionary tale.

    “Kung Fu Fighting” helps police identify those behind North Lawrence vandalism spree

    Lawrence Police released a new video showing their lead in a north Lawrence vandalism case.(Lawrence Police Department)
    By Sarah Motter
    Published: Nov. 12, 2023 at 11:15 AM PST|Updated: 23 hours ago

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - The lyrics of a popular song released in the 1970s may have helped police in Lawrence identify those believed to be behind a string of vandalism cases in the northern part of the city.

    The Lawrence Police Department says it has identified persons of interest in the ongoing North Lawrence vandalism case - thanks to the lyrics of “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas.

    On Thursday, Nov. 9, LKPD took to Facebook with an odd request. It wondered if anyone in the community recognized the voices of a pair singing the song during the crime spree.

    Earlier in the week, police released photos of the damage done at several locations in North Lawrence all of which is believed to have happened on Nov. 3. The crimes included smashed work equipment, busted vehicles and shattered bus stops dealing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

    On Friday morning, LKPD said the ploy worked and both individuals who were heard have been identified. However, no arrests had been made and no identities were released.

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    Franklin Joseph Perkins

    Former gymnastics coach, martial arts instructor charged in child pornography related crimes

    ALVIN, Texas – A former martial arts instructor and gymnastics coach who worked in Alvin has been charged with multiple child pornography-related crimes following an investigation.
    Franklin Joseph Perkins, 40, is now in federal custody.
    The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Galveston is conducting an investigation.
    “Parents should be worried,” said Chau Nguyen who is a trauma therapist at JEM Wellness and Counseling and weighed in following the allegations. “The word that comes to mind is grooming. Perpetrators gain access to young children because of their power because they’re a coach. Parents entrust their care to children, and they start gaining access.”
    On Nov. 15, Perkins was charged with transportation, receipt, and possession of child pornography.
    Officials say they found it on a Google Drive after executing a warrant at his home. They say they also found non-pornographic images of what appears to be minors in gymnastics clothing and screenshots of young girls’ social media accounts.
    “If you’re a parent watching this, just look at the signs, have those uncomfortable conversations with your kids, talk about appropriate and inappropriate boundaries and things that ok and not ok,” Nguyen said.
    Nguyen says parents should be on the lookout for suspicious behavior.
    “If a coach is getting too close if he’s giving you gifts,” Nguyen said.
    Officials say Perkins worked at the Kuk Sool Won dojo and another former gymnastics gym in Alvin. The dojo has since closed and we are learning the former gymnastics gym has new owners, unaffiliated with Perkins who say they bought the building six years ago.
    Since then, officials say two of Perkins’ former gymnastics students have come forward saying he sexually assaulted them when they were minors.
    “It’s not uncommon for sexual assault survivors to tell their stories years later, they’re ashamed, there’s stigma, maybe they don’t want to talk about it because they’re still processing, and healing comes, for those of us who work in this world, healing can come years later,” Nguyen said.
    As for Perkins, if convicted he faces a minimum of five and up to 20 years in federal prison for the transportation and receipt charges, and up to 10 for possessing child pornography as well as thousands of dollars in fines.
    HSI is calling on any other potential victims to come forward. Call HSI Galveston at (409) 443-0103
    For information about resources that could help victims heal from any possible trauma suffered from abuse visit JEM Wellness and Counseling on their website or call 832-568-4681.
    You can also visit txfne.com or call 281-306-6893
    Hope he gets the 20+10...
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    Derrick Lamont Clark

    Canton Martial Arts Instructor Charged With Hitting Child in the Face
    By Ethan Johnson ejohnson@ledgernews.com Dec 15, 2023



    A Canton man who teaches martial arts has been arrested after authorities say he hit a child at a local school.

    Derrick Lamont Clark, 50, has been charged with one felony count of first degree cruelty to children and one misdemeanor count of battery.

    According to his arrest warrant, between 1:10 and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Clark allegedly hit a child at Cherokee Charter Academy in the face with his hand. The child, who has no relation to Clark, has autism.

    Representatives of CCA said he is not permitted on the campus anymore.

    “The care and safety of Cherokee Charter Academy students is always our priority,” a spokesperson for CCA said. “We have strict standards for appropriate behavior at school and at all after-school related activities. If ever an individual violates those standards, we take all appropriate actions, and the individual is no longer welcome on our campus.”

    Clark is an instructor at Canton Warriors BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) Academy. The academy, which offers training for kids and adults, did not respond to a request for comment.

    Clark was arrested by the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Nov. 27. He was released the same day on a $7,500 bond, said CSO spokesperson Capt. Jay Baker.
    Ouch. Autism.
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    Réal Chayer

    Quebec martial arts coach charged with 61 sex offences
    By Staff The Canadian Press
    Posted January 16, 2024 12:02 pm
    Updated January 16, 2024 4:53 pm

    A 59-year-old martial arts coach appeared in court northeast of Montreal on Monday on more than 60 new alleged sexual offences involving minors.

    Réal Chayer was charged at the courthouse in Joliette, Que., where he was ordered to be detained, provincial police said in a statement on Tuesday.

    Chayer had been released on conditions after he was charged in May 2023 with sexual assault, sexual contact and incitement to contact.

    Authorities say 61 new sex-related charges were laid against Chayer, of St-Lin-Laurentides, Que., for crimes that allegedly took place between July 2001 and December 2022.

    According to Quebec’s business registry, Chayer is the owner of a martial arts academy in Repentigny, Que., east of Montreal.

    Police say that as a coach, Chayer had authority over his alleged victims, who were boys from Laval, Repentigny, and the accused’s hometown in the Lanaudière region.

    Karate Quebec, the provincial body that oversees the sport, said in a statement Tuesday the accused was not affiliated with it. Karate Quebec offers a certification program for instructors and development seminars for the national coaching certification program for its 125 affiliated clubs.

    “We strongly condemn any form of inappropriate behaviour and are determined to act with transparency and accountability,” said Karine Fournier, the federation’s director of operations.

    The organization’s statement urged anyone who experiences harassment, abuse or assault while practising the sport to report it through the provincial Sport’Aide platform.
    61 sex offences.
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    DePalma pled guilty

    More on DePalma. This one is personal because I know his dad.

    Ex-Gilbert martial arts instructor pleads guilty to sex charges involving teen
    A former Gilbert martial arts instructor pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual conduct with a minor.
    By AZFamily Digital News Staff
    Published: Feb. 22, 2024 at 2:03 PM PST|Updated: 20 hours ago

    GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — An ex-Gilbert martial arts instructor accused of having sex with a teen student has pled guilty to several charges. Court documents revealed on Wednesday showed Dyllon DePalma pled guilty to three charges of sexual misconduct involving a minor.

    DePalma was previously indicted in April 2023 after he allegedly had sex numerous times with a 15-year-old student, who was also an employee at DePalma’s Team USA Martial Arts studio. Court paperwork stated DePalma had known the girl since she was eight years old and he was 15. Investigators say he admitted to being the girl’s instructor, but denied having a sexual relationship with her.

    DePalma also allegedly faced similar allegations three years ago. In Nov. 2021, authorities received a report that he reportedly asked a 13-year-old girl for nude pictures, despite knowing her age.

    He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 1.

    “He was my son’s sensei and my son looked up to Dyllon,” said Danielle Pittman. She said she was shocked to learn her son’s mentor was accused of being a sexual predator.

    “It’s every parents worst nightmare,” said Pittman.

    A former employee who wants to remain anonymous tells Arizona’s Family the victim first confided in her and she reported it to her superiors right away.

    “He’s in a place of power he’s someone that they trust. We teach them how to keep them safe. That’s what karate’s about. We teach them how to protect themselves against predators and kidnappers and bullies and how do you handle that when one of those people is the person teaching it to you?” she said.

    Pittman said she pulled her son out of the studio after getting an email on March 25, 2023, talking about “alleged charges” and how DePalma “was immediately released from the dojo until proven innocent.” This was sent two days after Gilbert Police posted DePalma’s mugshot on their Facebook page.

    “I was finding out all of the information on social media instead of directly from the studio. So, already my trust with the studio itself had been broken,” said Pittman.

    Pittman and the former employee said the business handled the situation with a lack of transparency and allowed DePalma to work there for weeks after the allegations came to light. People connected to this dojo said the DePalma family is powerful and well-known within Arizona’s karate community. They feel the Depalma family was more focused on protecting their son instead of their students.

    “I definitely think he’s getting off a little bit too easy,” said the former employee.

    DePalma was originally charged with class 2 felony crimes, but he pleaded down to class 6 felony charges this week. Because he pleaded guilty in this case, he will have to register as a sex offender.
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