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    Scott Richards

    Martial arts expert, 32, who tried to drown his NHS nurse girlfriend after accusing her of having an affair as she worked 12-hour shifts on Covid ward in lockdown is spared jail
    Scott Richards pushed ex-girlfriend Kathryn Rich's head under water last year
    He was found guilty of 'cruel acts of violence' against NHS nurse Ms Rich, 40
    Judge said he had 'brought shame' on all those involved in martial art sports
    By ISABELLA NIKOLIC FOR MAILONLINE

    PUBLISHED: 12:53 EDT, 14 September 2021 | UPDATED: 13:13 EDT, 14 September 2021

    A martial arts expert has been spared jail after he tried to drown his NHS nurse girlfriend when their relationship hit the rocks in lockdown.

    Jealous Scott Richards, 32, pushed his ex-girlfriend Kathryn Rich's head under water as she was about to have a bath.

    Richards, of Treherbert, Rhondda, was found guilty of 'cruel acts of violence' against NHS nurse Ms Rich, 40, his girlfriend for 11 years.

    A judge said he had 'brought shame' on all those involved in martial art sports but let him off with a suspended prison sentence.


    Scott Richards (left), 32, pushed his ex-girlfriend Kathryn Rich's (right) head under water as she was about to have a bath

    The domestic violence started in the first lockdown when Richards had to close his martial arts training school and Ms Rich was working 12-hour shifts on Covid wards.

    Prosecutor Rosamund Rutter said: 'The defendant subjected his partner to frightening and cruel acts of violence, which may be partly due to the lockdown.

    'He pushed her head into the bath water and held it down. She could not breathe and desperately tried to pull her head back but the defendant had a firm grip.'

    Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard Ms Rich rang police to say her partner had tried to drown her on April 4 last year.

    She also told them about an incident on March 24, the day after the national lockdown started, when Richards headbutted her after finding a 'personal note' about her feelings towards a work colleague.


    Richards, of Treherbert, Rhondda, was found guilty of 'cruel acts of violence' against NHS nurse Ms Rich (pictured together), 40, his girlfriend for 11 years

    Ms Rich denied she was having an affair with a workmate and said it was 'just flirting'.

    She said the bathroom attack was sparked by her commenting about another man in fancy dress on Facebook.

    Mother-of-four Ms Rich told the court: 'Covid had just hit and we were told to have a bath and wash our uniforms when we got home from work.

    'The bath was run when Scott came upstairs and pushed me backwards with quite a lot of force.

    'The bath was pretty full, he pushed my head and shoulders under water. His hand was on the back of my neck, I couldn't get out of the water, it was probably only seconds but it felt longer.


    The domestic violence started in the first lockdown when Richards had to close his martial arts training school and Ms Rich was working 12-hour shifts on Covid wards

    'When he let go I couldn't see, I couldn't breathe, I couldn't hear. I swallowed water, my clothing was soaked.'

    Richards chose not to give evidence in his defence at the four-day trial.

    He was found guilty of assaulting Ms Rich in the bathroom by a majority verdict of 11-1. He was unanimously found guilty of the headbutt assault.

    In a victim personal statement Ms Rich told Cardiff Crown Court: 'When Scott tried to drown me I didn't know if I was going to come back up again.

    'We had been together for 11 years and I genuinely loved him but I can't believe it's come to this.


    Prosecutor Rosamund Rutter said: 'The defendant subjected his partner to frightening and cruel acts of violence, which may be partly due to the lockdown'

    'I have been working in a hospital environment under the pressure of Covid-19 which has had an impact on me.'

    Richards was given a 30-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.

    Judge Caroline Rees QC made him the subject of a two-year restraining order preventing him from contacting his former partner.

    She told Richards: 'It must have been absolutely terrifying for Ms Rich - she told the court she thought she was going to die.

    'You have shamed those involved in your sport by showing uncontrolled violence and jealous outbursts.'
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    John Townsend III

    Martial arts instructor indicted on more than a dozen sex charges involving teenage student
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    A martial arts instructor accused of sexually assaulting his 13-year-old student has been indicted on more than a dozen charges.

    John Townsend III, 29, of Vandalia, is facing 10 counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony, and five counts of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report.

    Townsend was the martial arts instructor of the 13-year-old victim, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. The incidents took place between Jan. 9 and May 10 and was investigated by Vandalia police.

    A warrant has been issued for Townsend’s arrest. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 30.

    We are working to learn more and will update this story as more information is available.
    Wonder what style he taught...
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    Cynthia Vincent


    Utah woman who claimed self-defense charged with murdering husband inside martial arts studio in July


    By: Spencer Burt Posted at 4:28 PM, Jan 04, 2022 and last updated 3:39 PM, Jan 04, 2022

    MAGNA, Utah — A woman has been charged in court for shooting and killing her husband inside their martial arts studio in Magna over the summer.

    A single charge of first-degree felony murder (with domestic violence enhancement) was filed Tuesday against 41-year-old Cynthia Vincent.

    Around 12:30 a.m. on July 6, Vincent called 911 to report that she had shot her husband at Vincent's House of Goju, which court records indicate they owned and also resided. She claimed she grabbed the revolver to defend herself after her husband strangled her, then shot him once when he lunged at her. Officers found his body laying just inside the studio's main entrance. Vincent was arrested later that day.

    Investigators now say they do not believe the shooting was in self-defense after interviewing the suspect, analyzing evidence, and viewing security camera footage.

    The "dojo" had motion-activated security cameras inside and outside. Police watched the footage from these cameras and said in the hours leading up to the shooting, the couple was walking around, talking with each other, hugging and kissing.

    About 10 minutes before Vincent called the police, the surveillance footage shows her husband pacing around near the front door while wearing pajamas. Six minutes later, he was seen wearing jeans, a black shirt and black shoes. These were the same clothes he was wearing when he was found dead.

    Vincent told police they had been fighting all weekend. She said before the shooting, she called a friend to ask them to pick her husband up.

    "He keeps coming at me. I'm scared. Come and get him before I kill him. I have my gun out," Vincent said, according to the friend. Her cell phone records show that she made a 19-second call to the friend at 12:27 a.m.

    Police say there was no violence seen on the dojo's cameras. However, the charges indicate that the actual shooting and what immediately led to it were not captured on video.

    The report states that a "burst of dust" was seen on camera at 12:28 a.m. — "the same time the motion sensor lights were activated." Police say the "camera time" then skipped to 12:35 a.m., when police are seen entering the building and Vincent was escorted out. It was not specified whether police believe the camera system was tampered with.

    Investigators say there were inconsistencies in Vincent's story when she spoke with them post-Miranda-Warning.

    She told detectives her husband fell backward after she shot him, described where they were standing and where he fell. However, she "immediately recognized that didn't make sense if he was facing her when she shot him." She tried to explain again, but police said it appeared she was guessing and that her account did not line up with the evidence.

    Evidence, including an autopsy by the state medical examiner's office, indicated that the victim was shot in the side of the head while leaving the building through the front door.

    After the shooting, court records also say Vincent tried to access and close financial accounts that they previously shared. She was not able to, though, because her husband had removed her from the accounts at some point before his death.

    The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office requested that Vincent be held without bail because they believe she is a danger to the community and likely to flee.

    Police identified the victim, her husband, as Michael Vincent.
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    self-proclaimed Tai Chi Master

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    Police Say Calm Masters Tai Chi Master
    January 17, 2022 by Gary Kopycinski

    Park Forest Police attempt to fingerprint a self-proclaimed Tai Chi master Monday. (Photo: PFPD)
    Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Police in Park Forest found themselves up against a “self-proclaimed Tai Chi Master” who apparently was not kidding, according to police. By calmly working with the man, officers were able to de-escalate the situation, police said in a statement.

    Earlier Monday, January 17, police were fingerprinting a man on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. Suddenly, the man became angry, according to police.

    He told officers he was a Tai Chi Master, and “began an exquisite Tai Chi routine that could have only been achieved through years of dedicated training,” according to police. Apparently, the man was a Tai Chi Master.

    Thankfully, the officers were able to de-escalate the situation without force and the process was completed peacefully.

    Police said in a statement Monday, “Park Forest Officers are equipped with several less lethal force options, such as a taser, baton, and pepper spray. However, sometimes the best option is a calm approach.”

    They concluded with a quote from a popular Netflix show, “It May Not Seem Brave, But Sometimes, Avoiding Conflict Is One Of The Most Heroic Things You Can Do.” – Daniel LaRusso, Cobra Kai.

    About the Park Forest Police
    The Park Forest Police Department serves the people of Park Forest, Illinois, a community of approximately 22,000 people in the suburban Chicago area. Responsible for law enforcement duties in both Cook and Will Counties, Park Forest Police Officers handle approximately 18,000-20,000 calls for service every year. From its inception in 1949 with just 4 officers and a director, the Park Forest Police Department has grown to a state-of-the-art law enforcement agency with 60 employees. Divided into divisions of Patrol, Investigations, and Administration, some officers also specialize in assignments such as K9 handler, special operations, accident investigation, and a variety of specialized teams and task forces.
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    Vincent Damiano


    NJ Martial Arts Instructor, Combat Vet Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen Students

    Cecilia Levine 01/25/2022 2:56 p.m.


    Vincent Damiano Photo Credit: Somerset County Prosecutor's Office/Vince Damiano Facebook
    A 44-year-old martial arts instructor was arrested for sexually assaulting two teen students, authorities in Somerset County said.

    Vincent Damiano carried out the assaults in Branchburg Township (Somerset County), Asbury (Warren County), and the Borough of Lebanon (Hunterdon County) from May 2019 to July 2019, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said.

    Damiano's website says he is a "multi-business entrepreneur, adventurer, speaker, coach, martial arts instructor, and combat veteran," who served 10 years in the military "and now serves his community by giving back through one of his businesses or non-profit charity organization[s]."

    The investigation into Damiano began last November when a 22-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted by Damiano when she was 17, Robertson said. The alleged victim detailed incidents in Branchburg Township (Somerset County), Asbury (Warren County), and the Borough of Lebanon (Hunterdon County) from May 2019 to July 2019, according to the prosecutor.

    Then, two days later, a second woman said she was also sexually assaulted by Damiano when she was between ages 16 and 18, Robertson said. She was interviewed by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit.

    As a result of this investigation, the victim disclosed incidents of sexual assault that occurred in the Branchburg Township (Somerset County), and Asbury (Warren County) from July 2017 to July 2019.

    Damiano was arrested on Jan. 6, at the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office by detectives from the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit without incident.

    He was charged with two counts of 2nd degree Sexual Assault and two counts of 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Defendant Damiano was lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

    Damiano was subsequently released as a result of his detention hearing.
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    Patriot Front

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    Leaked chats show current troops and veterans joined a white supremacist group, offering 'martial arts' and ability to 'clear rooms'
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    Members of the right-wing group Patriot Front march across Memorial Bridge in front of the Lincoln Memorial on December 04, 2021 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images
    Leaked chat records from a white supremacist group show many applicants claim to have current or former ties to the US military.
    The records were posted online by Unicorn Riot, a media collective known for reporting on extremist groups.
    Applicants with military backgrounds said they could offer skills like "Marine martial arts" and the ability to "clear rooms."

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    Leaked chat records and membership applications show roughly one in five people who applied to join the white supremacist group Patriot Front claimed to have current or former ties to the US military, according to documents published by Unicorn Riot and analyzed by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    SPLC, a civil rights nonprofit that tracks hate groups, found that 18 of the 87 people who applied said they were either in the military or veterans, with a number highlighting skills picked up through the military.

    Applicants reportedly included a 21-year-old man claiming to be a former Marine and a current employee of the Department of Homeland Security, a man claiming to be a current Army reservist, and a veteran who said that he became a national socialist after listening to Alex Jones' 9/11 conspiracy theories.

    In January, activists from Unicorn Riot, a left-leaning media collective known for reporting on extremist groups, published more than 55,000 messages and files from the Patriot Front group.

    Patriot Front was established in the aftermath of the deadly 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va. by former members of the neo-nazi group "Vanguard America," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    Applicants who claimed to have ties to the military said they had skills like the ability to "clear rooms" and knowledge of "Marine martial arts" and said they had "training in firearms" and "military intelligence."

    This trend of seeing people with connections to the military join up with extremist groups is not limited to the Patriot Front group.

    It has been seen elsewhere, such as with the Oath Keepers, which 81 uniformed US service members have signed up with, according to a recent USA Today report. Fourteen of 20 still in the service used their official military email address.

    In February 2021, a report from the Pentagon said military members are "highly prized" recruits for extremist groups and that they can "bring legitimacy to their causes and enhance their ability to carry out attacks."

    Current service members are prohibited from advocating for or actively participating in extremist organizations, but the Department of Defense does not ban specific groups. The Pentagon issued new rules in 2021 attempting to further prevent US military personnel from engaging with these groups.
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    Daniel Murphy

    Kung Fu instructor had sex with underage girl he ‘fell in love with’ during training session
    Daniel Murphy took advantage of the girl and “groomed” her after claiming to have fallen in love with her on the first day that they met.

    By Mark Naylor Peter Diamond
    17:40, 19 FEB 2022

    Murphy, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence, a six-month 8pm to 6am curfew and 55 days’ rehabilitation (Image: Donna Clifford)

    A twisted Kung Fu instructor groomed a teenage girl before having sex with her in a gross breach of trust after ‘falling in love with her’.

    Daniel Murphy took advantage of the girl and “groomed” her after claiming to have fallen in love with her on the first day that they met.

    27-year-old Murphy took a shine to her during classes at a Kung Fu club which he taught at.

    This week a court heard how it became very apparent that he was attracted to her and they started kissing and touching, before eventually having sex.

    Murphy admitted engaging in sexual activity with a child between September 2016 and September 2017.


    Sexually excited Daniel Murphy took advantage of the girl and "groomed" her (Image: Donna Clifford)

    David Godfrey, prosecuting at Hull Crown Court, said that the girl first joined the martial arts club when she was a young teenager and he was 19.

    Murphy, of Peter Nevill Way, Long Riston, was an assistant instructor in Kung Fu there and was “very experienced” in it, but she was a novice.

    Murphy made a comment that she “looked like a lad” and she was upset by this, according to Hull Daily Mail.

    The girl posted a Facebook message about the incident and Murphy contacted her and their chat became more frequent.

    “It became apparent that Murphy was interested in her,” said Mr Godfrey.

    They engineered time to spend alone together and he would give her lifts.

    The prosecution claimed that Murphy had “groomed” the girl and had a “position of authority” over her because he was an instructor.

    “He was teaching her a new skill,” said Mr Godfrey.

    Murphy ended the relationship with the girl, presumably because he knew that it was wrong, the court heard, and started a new relationship with a girl of 17 but briefly had a sexual relationship with the girl again when she was 16 before again ending it.

    She reported the matters to the police in 2018.

    The girl said in a statement that she had “really struggled” at times because of what happened and, in the past, felt unable to do anything.

    She dreaded bumping into Murphy accidentally and constantly checked cars to make sure that they were not his. She felt “so emotional and upset” about it.

    “What happened really affected her,” said Mr Godfrey.

    Rachel Scott, mitigating, said that Murphy joined the Kung Fu club when he was 16 and was a volunteer instructor, not an officially appointed one.

    “As he rose up the ranks, he assisted with the younger members,” said Miss Scott.

    “The sexual contact took place at his home away from the club.

    “He accepts that he developed an inappropriate relationship while at the martial arts club.”

    Murphy instantly thought, at their first meeting, that he was in love with the girl but he later told her that their relationship could not continue because of their ages and he ended the relationship, the court was told.

    Judge John Thackray QC told Murphy: “You were the third in line instructor at a Kung Fu club when you were 19.

    “You were her instructor and you began community on social media. That developed into you giving her a lift home.”

    A sexual relationship developed when the girl was still a teenager and he was 21, involving unprotected sex with her three times.

    Murphy recognised that the relationship should not be taking place and he ended their contact, although he resumed it when she was 16.

    The prosecution claimed that there was grooming but there was “little evidence” of that as far as sentencing guidelines were concerned.

    “Your offending has had a significant effect on your victim,” said Judge Thackray.

    “I accept there is genuine remorse.”

    Murphy, a network security engineer, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence, a six-month 8pm to 6am curfew and 55 days’ rehabilitation.

    He must register as a sex offender for 10 years.
    That sentence is too lenient.
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    Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was arrested for shooting at a man accused of molesting his relative (he hit the man’s stepfather instead).

    Sorry, I don’t know how to link to a story here.
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    Posted Cain on Busted-MMA-fighters-and-fights...

    See Busted-MMA-fighters-and-fights&p=1322647#post1322647

    MMA has their own indie thread.
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    A brigade of Black Knights

    Wow. Just when you think you've heard everything...

    Arrested martial arts duo planned to ‘build an army,’ Hong Kong national security police say
    The pair, who were arrested last Sunday, were accused of preparing for “revolution” by Steve Li of the National Security Department.

    by CANDICE CHAU
    19:35, 22 MARCH 2022

    A 59-year-old combat coach and his 62-year-old female assistant arrested last Sunday under the colonial-era sedition law were planning to “build an army,” according to Hong Kong police. Weapons – including crossbows, swords, bows and arrows, and air guns – were found at locations in Tsim Sha Tsui, Sha Tin, and Ma On Shan during the investigation.

    Senior Superintendent Steve Li of the National Security Department said on Tuesday that, since March 2020, multiple allegedly seditious articles have been published on the Facebook page of a training centre used by the pair. However, the police did not indicate whether they had published the posts.


    Senior Superintendent of the National Security Police Department Steve Li in an online press conference held on March 22, 2022. Photo: Hong Kong Police, via video screenshot.

    According to Li, the posts involved inciting others to use force to overturn the regime, and inviting netizens to practise martial arts “in preparation for a future revolution and resisting the regime.”

    “For example, some of the posts read ‘Hong Kong people keep it up, establish a shadow government and self defence forces to demand repayment from communist bandits, overturn the Communist Party with a revolution using force,'” said Li.

    Some posts published in late February were also suspected of inciting others to resist the government’s Covid-19 policies, such as claiming that the vaccines would create harmful toxins.


    Weapons confiscated by the police during the searches in Tsim Sha Tsui, Sha Tin, and Ma On Shan. Photo: Hong Kong Police, via video screenshot.

    Apart from weapons, police also found cash, most of it in foreign currencies, amounting to HK$380,000, as well as leaflets and posters.

    The pair will appear at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday afternoon.

    Possible national security offence
    The senior superintendent also said that the pair’s alleged offences “far superseded seditious acts,” and that the police force was discussing with the Department of Justice about adding charges under the national security law.

    “For example, we can see that the target is clear, emphasising on building an army, a brigade of black knights, supporting Hong Kong independence, targeting the regime of the People’s Republic of China and the SAR government,” said Li.


    Cash and leaflets confiscated by the police during searches conducted in Tsim Sha Tsui, Sha Tin and Ma On Shan. Photo: Hong Kong Police, via video screenshot.

    The anti-sedition law, which falls under the city’s Crime Ordinance, is different from the Beijing-imposed national security law.

    Last amended in the 1970s when Hong Kong was still under British rule, the sedition legislation outlaws incitement to violence, disaffection and other offences against the British Crown.

    The national security law, implemented in June 2020, criminalised subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces and terrorist acts, which were broadly defined to include disruption to transport and other infrastructure.

    The police also fined four people present at the arrest of the pair for violating the two-person Covid-19 group gathering limit. Li said that the police will also investigate whether participants of martial arts classes also took part in illegal activities.
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    Patrick Dean Fineday

    Detroit Lakes martial arts instructor faces felony charge for sex crimes against a minor
    Patrick Dean Fineday, 65, formerly ran Pat's Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do School and was a longtime martial arts instructor in the Becker County area.

    By News Staff
    March 28, 2022 12:29 PM

    DETROIT LAKES — Patrick Dean Fineday, 65, of Detroit Lakes, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a minor.


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    According to court records, on Feb. 25 an investigator with the Becker County Sheriff's Office received a report from a Becker County elementary school of an alleged sexual assault involving a girl related to Fineday.

    The abuse allegedly occurred at Fineday's home, in multiple incidents over a number of years, ending in the fall of 2021.

    The girl attended a forensic interview at the Red River Children's Advocacy Center in Fargo on March 3. During the interview, she talked about the sexual abuse and said she did not tell anyone at the time because she didn't think anyone would believe her.

    On March 11, officers interviewed Fineday at the Detroit Lakes Police Department, and he admitted to sexually assaulting the girl in the last two years.

    He also admitted to sexually assaulting another girl, also related to him, approximately eight years ago, and said that it had never been investigated by law enforcement.

    Fineday formerly ran Pat's Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do School and was a longtime martial arts instructor in the Becker County area.

    He is currently being held at the Becker County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
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    Zara Phythian

    ‘Doctor Strange’ actress Zara Phythian and husband accused of sex with teen
    By Joe Tacopino April 27, 2022 | 7:29pm

    An actress who appeared in “Doctor Strange” has been accused, along with her husband, of having sex with a teenage girl, a report said.

    Zara Phythian — a martial artist who played a sorcerer in the 2016 Marvel movie — has been accused of sex crimes along with husband Victor Marke for “repeatedly having sex” with a 13-year-old girl, according to the Nottinghamshire Post.

    The girl, who is now an adult, claims Phythian, 36, and Marke, 59, plied her with alcohol and had sex with her between 2005 and 2008. She also said they filmed some of the encounters.

    “I knew it was wrong but I just didn’t know how to get out of the situation or say anything,” she told cops, according to the outlet.

    “I remember trying to copy Zara’s reaction at the time because I looked up to her and tried to be like her in every way.”

    Both Phythian and Marke were martial arts instructors in the UK when the teenager reached out to them.


    Zara Phythian and her husband Victor Marke are accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
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    The alleged victim claims some of Zara Phythian’s and Victor Marke’s sexual encounters with them were filmed.
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    The woman now claims that Phythian asked her to play a game of “dare” and give Marke oral sex.

    Pythian and Marke both denied the allegations in court.
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    Convicted of multiple counts of child sex abuse

    Doctor Strange actress Zara Phythian and husband convicted of multiple counts of child sex abuse
    The couple's offenses relate to sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl, as well as another underage victim.

    By Joey Nolfi
    May 11, 2022 at 04:14 PM EDT

    Doctor Strange actress Zara Phythian and her husband, Victor Marke, have been convicted of multiple charges of child sex abuse in a British court.

    According to a document provided to EW by the Nottingham Crown Court clerk, 37-year-old Phythian — who was tried under the name Zara Marke — was convicted of 14 counts, with her 59-year-old husband convicted of 18.

    The counts for Phythian all relate to sexual activity with a child that occurred between December 2005 and December 2008. She is named alongside Marke in all of her charges, though he is individually included on four additional indecent assault charges (for actions dating back to September 2002) as an individual.

    Marke's offenses include indecent assault of a 15-year-old victim, while both were convicted of multiple counts of sexual activity with another underage victim beginning when she was 13. Their actions span multiple years and repeated occasions involving the same victim.


    Zara Phythian at the 'Doctor Strange' premiere in 2016. | CREDIT: ANTHONY HARVEY/GETTY IMAGES
    Phythian has two dozen credits listed on IMDb, the most notable being a small role in the 2016 Doctor Strange blockbuster opposite Benedict Cumberbatch as a "Brunette Zealot." She does not appear in the sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

    Per BBC reporting, Marke claimed that the sexual activity occurred on only one occasion, and that Phythian was not involved alongside him. Phythian reportedly denied any sexual activity with one of the victims.

    Judge Mark Watson remanded the couple into custody following the trial, ahead of their May 16 sentencing. "Both of you know the sentence I pass on 16 May is likely to be measured by a considerable period of custody," he said at the trial.

    Nicole Hepburn from the Crown Prosecution Service said that Phythian and Marke were "exposed as the true liars" in the case, after the victims initially reported the pair years after the abuse began.

    "This abuse may have occurred some years ago, but that makes it no less serious and nor is it a barrier to justice," Hepburn continued, according to the BBC. "I would encourage anyone who has been abused in the past to come forward with the knowledge that the CPS will take your case seriously."
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