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  1. #1111
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    Jan 1970
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.

    Kwang Kyung Yoo

    Here's more on the triple homicide

    Martial arts teacher charged with murder over deaths of three people in Sydney
    By Adam Vidler
    Mikala Theocharous
    6:55pm Feb 22, 2024

    Martial arts instructor Kwang Kyung Yoo has been charged with murder in connection with the deaths of three people in Sydney.
    The body of Stephen Cho, 39, was found in a Baulkham Hills home at 10.30am yesterday after a concern for welfare report was made.
    About two hours later, police found the bodies of Mr Cho's wife, Min, 41, and a seven-year-old boy at the Lion's Taekwondo martial arts studio in North Parramatta.

    Martial arts instructor Kwang Kyung "Lion" Yoo has been arrested in connection with the deaths of three people. (Supplied)
    It will be alleged the woman and child had been strangled.
    About 11.50pm on Monday, Yoo arrived at Westmead Hospital with apparent slash wounds to his torso and arms.
    He claimed he had been attacked at a carpark outside a Church Street supermarket in North Parramatta.
    It's now believed he allegedly sustained those injuries in an altercation with Mr Cho before he died.
    Yoo has since undergone surgery at the hospital.
    He was arrested at the hospital about 11.20pm yesterday and charged with three counts of murder about 9pm today.
    He is set to face a bedside hearing tomorrow morning.

    CCTV footage has also emerged showing Ms Cho's BMW being driven, allegedly by Yoo, from the taekwondo centre to the home in Baulkham Hills. (Nine)

    Stephen and Min Cho were both found dead in Sydney. (9News)

    CCTV footage has emerged showing Ms Cho's BMW being driven, allegedly by Yoo, from the taekwondo centre to the home in Baulkham Hills.
    Mr Cho was a senior estimator at construction firm Richard Crookes.
    A spokesperson said the company was "shocked and saddened" by the "tragic passing of Steven Cho".

    Min Cho and the boy are believed to have been killed inside a Parramatta martial arts studio. (Nine)
    Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty from NSW Police said the deaths were "cataclysmic" and "tragic".
    He confirmed the slain boy had attended the martial arts studio as a student of the accused murderer.
    Doherty said police would allege Yoo killed Ms Cho and the boy inside the studio on Monday and that at some point after 6.30pm that day, Yoo travelled to the Chos' Baulkham Hills address where a confrontation with Mr Cho led to the third alleged murder.
    Doherty said it was still very early in the investigation, but police did not believe anybody else was involved in the deaths.
    Yoo's neighbours told 9News he was "nice to them" and they found the incident "shocking".
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  2. #1112
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.

    Michael Seo

    Colorado martial arts instructor arrested for sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl
    Michael Seo, 21, was arrested on a traffic stop in Spicewood, Texas on Monday
    Marco Cummings Apr 10, 2024 Updated Apr 11, 2024


    A local martial arts instructor was arrested in Texas and is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student, according to police in Westminster.

    Michael Seo, 21, was arrested on a traffic stop in Spicewood, Texas, on Monday afternoon and was taken to the Travis County Jail, where is he currently awaiting extradition, according to a a news release from the Westminster Police Department.

    In February of last year, Westminster Police were notified that a 14-year-old female had been having an ongoing sexual relationship with her then 19-year-old martial arts instructor.

    After investigation, a warrant was issued for Michael Seo for the charge of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust – victim under 15 Years of age.

    A spokesman for Westminster Police told Denver Gazette news partner 9News that the department is "unaware" of other victims. They did not say where Seo worked.
    19 & 14, now 21 & 16, still not legal, right? Not sure about Texas laws...
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  3. #1113
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    Jan 1970
    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.

    Harry Charache

    Portsmouth martial arts center owner denies sex assault: Latest on his case
    Ian Lenahan, Portsmouth Herald
    Wed, May 29, 2024 at 2:16 AM PDT·5 min read

    PORTSMOUTH — The owner of On-Site Family Martial Arts denies he sexually assaulted a woman at the Robert Avenue facility this spring while falsely claiming to be a chiropractor. His attorney said she plans to take the case to trial.

    Harry Charache, 67, turned himself in to the Portsmouth Police Department last week after a month-plus-long investigation led to charges he allegedly kissed, forcibly fondled and touched a woman above and below her waist, according to court records. Charache is accused of the alleged conduct with the same victim on March 25 and April 1, court records show.

    On-Site Family Martial Arts Center is located at 6A Robert Ave. in Portsmouth.
    Charache, a Stratham resident, has been employed as a substitute teacher in the Portsmouth school district and has led after-school martial arts programs, SAU 52 leaders reported. Police said there have been no reports of alleged misconduct toward minors by Charache.

    Charache faces three counts of sexual assault, four counts of simple assault and two counts of illegally performing chiropractic medicine, all of which are misdemeanor charges.

    “I’m being falsely accused, and I look forward to being vindicated in court,” Charache said Tuesday when reached by phone. He declined to comment further.

    Attorney Larissa Kiers is representing Charache and spoke on behalf of her client in a prepared statement.

    “Harry Charache has been a fixture in the Portsmouth community teaching martial arts for over 30 years,” Kiers said Tuesday. “Mr. Charache is loved by his students and strenuously denies these false allegations. He maintains his innocence and looks forward to demonstrating this at trial.”

    Charache has taught martial arts to Seacoast students since 1989 after starting training in New York 10 years prior, according to his profile on the website for On-Site Family Martial Arts.

    Charache worked in Portsmouth schools
    The Portsmouth school district notified SAU 52 families of Charache's arrest last week. Superintendent Zachary McLaughlin said in a message to the school community the last day Charache served as a substitute in the district was on April 12, the same day SAU 52 was notified about the investigation by Portsmouth police.

    “That evening, the district was notified that a temporary order of protection had been served to Mr. Charache. As his case is being adjudicated via the criminal justice process, the Portsmouth School Department will not employ him as a substitute teacher or engage him as an afterschool activities vendor,” McLaughlin shared in a notice issued Friday, May 24. “The current charges against Mr. Charache are not alleged to have occurred on campus or with children. The Portsmouth School Department’s first priority is the safety of our school community and, particularly, our students.”

    McLaughlin did not immediately respond Tuesday to a request for an interview.

    Details of charges against Charache
    The simple and sexual assault charges against Charache allege he “knowingly cause(d) unprivileged physical contact” with the victim, a woman, by kissing her neck, touching her private areas, above and below her waist, and beneath her underwear, court complaints show. The sexual assault complaints allege forcible fondling by Charache.

    The unlawful practice of chiropractic medicine charges against Charache allege the business owner attempted “adjusting the neck and back” of the victim for the “restoration and maintenance” of her health.

    The sexual and simple assault charges are Class A misdemeanors, while the unlawful practice of chiropractic medicine charges are Class B misdemeanors.

    Portsmouth police detective Sgt. Kevin McCarthy explained the classification of the charges as alleged misdemeanor crimes.

    “Sexual assault (in New Hampshire) covers a range of behaviors that runs the gamut from fondling to violent penetration and assault and things like that. Based on the conduct that was alleged, the misdemeanor charge was appropriate,” he said Tuesday.

    Three of the charges against Charache — one simple assault count, one sexual count and a single count of unlawful practice of chiropractic medicine — are alleged to have occurred on March 25. The remainder of the charges stem from the alleged April 1 incident, according to court records.

    McCarthy said the sexual and simple assault charges against Charache tied to the April 1 allegations are alternative theory counts.

    He added that police have not received any claims of alleged misconduct by Charache toward any minors.

    “I can tell you without reservation that we have had no reports that that has happened,” McCarthy said.

    Investigation into Charache is ongoing

    Harry Charache, 67, owner of On-Site Family Martial Arts in Portsmouth, is facing charges of sexual assault and simple assault, and of allegedly misrepresenting himself as qualified to practice chiropractic care. Charache is a Stratham resident.
    McCarthy and investigating Detective Matthew Fredrickson confirmed police have received calls from community members about Charache since his arrest.

    “There have been some calls that have required further follow-up and there have been some calls that have been handled with a brief conversation,” he said Tuesday. “Some have been calls from concerned residents who just wanted to talk.”

    Portsmouth police have received calls regarding Charache in the past, though McCarthy declined to specify the nature of those interactions.

    “We have had contacts regarding Mr. Charache in the past over nothing that was able to result in a prosecution,” he said.

    Police ask anyone with information to call as Charache case proceeds
    The longtime martial arts instructor turned himself in to city police last Wednesday, May 22, posting a $1,000 cash bail, the Portsmouth Police Department said previously.

    Charache will be arraigned in Portsmouth District Court on July 8 at 8 a.m., according to his bail order. He is ordered to have no direct or indirect contact with the alleged victim and must stay 300 feet away from her, the bail order states. Charache’s bail order states he also cannot possess a firearm, destructive device, dangerous weapon, nor any ammunition.

    Portsmouth police ask anyone with information to contact Detective Fredrickson at (603) 610-7667.

    Anonymous tips can be reported via Seacoast Crime Stoppers at (603) 431-1199, at or through “P3” phone application available as a free download. Rewards of up to $1,000 may be paid for information leading to an arrest or indictment, according to police.

    If you need help
    Seacoast Media Group provides the following information as a public service when reporting on cases of alleged sexual violence:

    Haven is a violence prevention and support service for men, women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. Haven’s 24-hour hotline is 1-603-994-SAFE (7233). This is a confidential crisis support line in the Seacoast and Rochester region staffed by trained advocates. Information:
    I wonder if his chiro was bone setting.
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