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    Ruben Morales Jr.

    96 counts. Horrible.

    Lake Nona martial arts teacher facing 96 counts of sexual battery on child



    Posted Jun 05 2019 10:35AM EDT
    Updated Jun 05 2019 10:40AM EDT

    OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A Central Florida martial arts teacher is being bars, charged with 96 counts of sexual battery on a child.

    The Osceola County Sheriff's Office reports that Ruben Morales Jr., 62, was arrested on 36 counts of sexual battery on a child under 12 years of age and 60 counts of sexual battery on a child over 12 years of age.

    Detectives have been investigating Morales since April 2019.

    "Through our extensive investigation and with the help of our tenacious victim, probable cause was obtained to arrest Ruben Morales Jr."

    Morales was a martial arts teacher in the Lake Nona area for years, according to deputies.

    The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are asking anyone with additional information on Morales to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 407-348-1150.
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    So much for Morales

    I feel for his victims.

    Former martial arts teacher accused of child-sex abuse kills himself in Osceola jail, authorities say
    Michael Williams
    By MICHAEL WILLIAMS
    | ORLANDO SENTINEL |
    JUN 11, 2019 | 9:57 AM


    Ruben Morales

    The former Lake Nona-area martial arts teacher who was facing dozens of child-sex charges died days after hanging himself in the Osceola County jail, authorities said.

    Ruben Morales Jr., 62, was taken to Osceola Regional Hospital June 5, the day after his arrest on 36 counts of sexual battery on a child younger than 12 and 60 counts of sexual battery on a child older than 12.

    Morales died Sunday, said Hope Hicka, a spokeswoman for the jail.

    The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said Morales was an instructor at a Lake Nona martial arts dojo “for years,” but refused to specify which business employed him, other than to say it had been closed for about four years. The person Morales was accused of abusing, who is now an adult, was not a student at the dojo, the agency said.

    Hicka said the death is being investigated internally.

    If you are in a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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    Michael Williams covers breaking news and crime for the Orlando Sentinel’s Justice & Safety team. A Pensacola native, he moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida, graduating in August 2018. He has covered mass shootings, hostage situations and death-penalty cases. He was previously an intern and web producer at the Sentinel.
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    Iain Hee Joon Mackai

    Martial arts instructor accused of raping, recording sex acts with underage student
    Posted Jun 7, 2019


    Iain Mackai

    By Shane Dixon Kavanaugh | The Oregonian/OregonLive

    A former martial arts instructor in Gresham faces more than a dozen charges after authorities say he raped an underage student multiple times and recorded sexual acts he had with the girl.

    A grand jury last month indicted Iain Hee Joon Mackai on 18 criminal counts, including third-degree rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, using the child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, and luring a minor, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said.

    Mackai, 22, was arraigned Friday in court and pleaded not guilty to all charges, records show. He remains lodged in the Multnomah County jail on more than a $1 million bail.

    Prosecutors allege Mackai met the girl, who is under 16, as part of his duties as a tae kwon do instructor at a now-shuttered studio. The suspected abuse began last December and continued through March, court documents show.

    Authorities at this time do not believe there are other victims, the district attorney’s office said.

    Prior to his arrest, Mackai worked at a Dairy Queen in Gresham and attended school part-time at Mt. Hood Community College, according to a jail intake form.

    He reported to jail staff that he was depressed and had recently started taking medication, records show.

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    He's depressed? What about his victim?
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    Marcos David Medina-Ramirez

    Taekwondo instructor accused of sexually assaulting young female students turns himself in
    By Jenny Drabble BH Media 3 hrs ago

    A former taekwondo instructor in High Point, who faces 18 rape and sex-offense charges, turned himself in Wednesday, according to the High Point Police Department.

    Marcos David Medina-Ramirez, of Winston-Salem, is charged with four counts of statutory rape of a child under the age of 15, and 14 counts of statutory sex offense with a child by an adult.

    The incidents involved three juvenile females who were students at the Tiger Kim’s Tae Kwon Do at 3935 Brian Jordan Place in High Point, where Medina-Ramirez, 23, worked, police said.

    Tiger Kim’s Tae Kwon Do issued a statement Tuesday about the incident, stating they became aware on May 30 that an adult instructor at their High Point location allegedly engaged in inappropriate texting communications with young female students at the location.

    The instructor was terminated May 31, the statement from a Winston-Salem law firm, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, said on behalf of the martial arts business.

    In mid-June, after the termination of Medina-Ramirez, the business was made aware of further allegations that were reported to the police, they said.

    “The former instructor, through his conduct, violated all of our values and broke the trust of our students and our school,” the statement read. “While we do not and cannot understand or in any way condone that conduct, we understand the seriousness of this situation and, as instructors and parents, we share the pain and the concerns of our students and their families.”

    Police became aware of the incidents, which they said began May 1, 2018, when they received a report on June 10 about possible sexual assaults at the High Point business.

    High Point Police detectives with the Special Victims Unit are investigating the incident.

    Medina-Ramirez is in custody with a $2 million bond, according to FOX8/WGHP, the Journal's news-gathering partner.

    Tiger Kim’s statement said the business is cooperating with law enforcement and the Guilford County District Attorney’s office.

    “We are heartbroken for the victims and their families and shocked by what we have learned,” the statement said.

    The business declined to make further comments at this time.

    Tiger Kim’s Tae Kwon Do opened its first school in Winston-Salem about 20 years ago, and operates a group of family-oriented taekwondo schools throughout the Triad.

    Tiger Kim’s has locations in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Clemmons, Kernersville and High Point.

    Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Mustian at 336-887-7964 or CrimeStoppers of High Point at 336-889-4000.


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    Gotta vet your instructors carefully nowadays.
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    Arleigh C. Smith

    Smith's story was posted here over a decade ago.


    A former Brookfield martial arts instructor convicted in 2009 of molesting two boys has been released in Waukesha

    Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 7:39 a.m. CT Aug. 14, 2019


    Arleigh C. Smith (Photo: City of Waukesha Police Department)

    A former Brookfield martial arts instructor who was convicted in 2009 of two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child was released Aug. 13, according to the city of Waukesha Police Department.

    Arleigh C. Smith, 34, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for molesting two boys, ages 12 and 13, one of whom was a martial arts student. He will be living at 1100 E. Main St., Waukesha, according to the department.

    Smith was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court after a boy's mother discovered a sexually explicit instant message on the family's computer and called police, according to a criminal complaint.

    The Brookfield boy told police that he had sexual contact with Smith, including at the martial arts school where he was a student.

    Smith's Milwaukee home was searched, and police seized a computer, court records said. Three videos found on Smith's hard drive showed him assaulting another boy.

    Smith will be a life registrant with the sex offender registry and has registered with local law enforcement.

    The police department's news release said his criminal history indicates he has the potential to reoffend.

    He is not permitted to have employment or volunteer involvement with minors. Smith is to have no unsupervised contact with minors; is not allowed in taverns, bars or liquor stores; is prohibited from contact with the victims; and may not purchase. possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs. He must comply with sex offender rules and will be on discretionary GPS monitoring, according to the police department's news release.

    Contact Karen Pilarski at karen.pilarski@jrn.com. Follow her on Twitter at @KarenPilarski.
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    Not Guilty - Victor Hardoy

    Not Guilty. How refreshing. Is that a first for this thread?

    Martial arts instructor accused of molesting student found not guilty
    A martial arts instructor accused of molesting a female student was found not guilty Friday.
    Friday, August 23rd 2019, 3:55 PM EDT by Taylor Crehan
    Updated: Saturday, August 24th 2019, 1:42 PM EDT

    CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A martial arts instructor accused of molesting a female student was found not guilty Friday.

    Victor Hardoy, 43, was arrested by Cape Coral Police in 2018. He ran American Top Team Cape Coral on Mid Cape Terrace.

    The victim's lawyer said Hardoy touched her two years ago when she was 14-years-old. The victim also told police Hardoy was driving her home when he pulled over in his Hummer and began sexually touching her.

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    "This verdict of not guilty was long overdue. Mr. Hardoy is an incredible man. I am very pleased with the outcome and the jury did its job! They got it right," said Douglas Spiegel, Hardoy's attorney.
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    Hector Bencosme

    Martial Arts Teacher Pleads Guilty To Inwood Sex Abuse: DA Says
    The man admitted to sexually abusing four teenage students in the basement of an Inwood building.
    By Brendan Krisel, Patch Staff
    Oct 14, 2019 4:09 pm ET


    A martial arts teacher pleaded guilty to sexually abusing four teenage students in an Inwood building's basement. (Manhattan District Attorney)

    INWOOD, NY — A man who taught martial arts in Upper Manhattan pleaded guilty to sexually abusing four teenage students in the basement of an Inwood building, prosecutors announced.

    Hector Bencosme, 58, is facing a decade in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of use of child in a sexual performance as a sexually motivated felony, one count of second-degree sexual abuse and three counts of third-degree sexual abuse, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., announced.

    Bencosme taught martial arts lessons at apartment buildings on Post Avenue and Vermilyea Avenue while going by the name Kiko Valoy, prosecutors said. Between March 15 and May 25, Bencosme allegedly sexually abused four female students at the Post Avenue building and was arrested on May 26 when two students called the police, prosecutors said.

    The martial arts teacher was convicted on sex abuse charges in January of 2001 for sexually abusing martial arts students in the same Post Avenue building, prosecutors said. Bencosme fled the country before he could be sentenced.

    Bencosme will be sentenced for the 2001 and 2018 charges in November, prosecutors said.

    "As a martial arts instructor, this defendant used his unfettered access to children to manipulate and abuse them," Vance said in a statement. "Even more disturbing, however, is the pattern of abuse; he continued to exploit students 17 years after his conviction for virtually the same crime."
    A decade in the joint for 17 years of exploitation doesn't seem just.
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    Jonathan Dargan

    As anyone in enforcement, or even anyone who's worked as a bouncer, knows, stepping in between a domestic dispute is the most dangerous part of the job.


    Martial arts instructor convicted of unlawful killing of man who intervened during row with girlfriend



    Jonathan Dargan. Pic: Collins
    By Declan Brennan
    Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 02:48 PM

    A jury has convicted a martial arts instructor of the unlawful killing of a man who had stopped to intervene in a late night “domestic” fight.

    Jonathan Dargan (aged 49) was having an argument with his partner on the Harold's Cross Road, Dublin at around 4am on March 6, 2016, when Patrick Mullally (aged 56) and Jason Cunningham approached him.

    The two men and others had been out celebrating Mr Mullally's retirement from Guinness.

    Mr Cunningham told the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that their intention was to do the “honourable” thing and ask Dargan to leave his girlfriend alone. A passing cyclist testified that he saw a man “throw fairly powerful punches” at an older man while shouting “bang, bang”.

    He later saw this man on the ground with his head in his friend's lap. Mr Mullally suffered a subdural haemorrhage and brain trauma due to a blunt trauma to the face and head and died the next day.

    The defendant, who has worked as a doorman at Lillie's Bordello nightclub, admitted “lashing out” with a punch but claimed that he was surrounded by the men and felt in fear. His lawyers argued that he was acting in self-defence and that his actions were a proportionate response to the threat he perceived.

    Dargan of Belfry Manor, Citywest, Dublin denied the unlawful killing of Mr Mullally. He also denied assault causing harm to Mr Cunningham and to the Mr Mullally's niece, Lauren Mullally, during the same incident.

    The jury of five women and seven men took a little over four hours to return a unanimous guilty verdict on the manslaughter charge. After deliberating for another hour the jury returned a majority verdict on the charge of assaulting Mr Cunningham.

    Eleven jurors agreed on this verdict, with one dissenting. The charge of assaulting Ms Mullally was withdrawn from the jury by Judge Pauline Codd.

    Judge Codd thanked jurors and set a date for sentence of January 27 next. She directed a victim impact report and a Probation Service report.

    She expressed her sympathy to the Mullally family before remanding Dargan on continuing bail. Fiona Murphy SC, prosecuting, said there was no objection to bail.

    In her closing speech, Ms Murphy told the jury that to argue self-defence a person must use a reasonable amount of force to protect himself in circumstances where he believes himself to be threatened.

    She said it was not believable that Mr Dargan could have perceived a threat. She said CCTV footage did not show the men surrounding him and that only two men had approached him at the time the deceased was knocked down.

    “We know he is drunk, he was angry. He was looking to lash out,” she said. The cyclist Shaun O'Donoghue said that he had earlier stopped to speak to Dargan about the row.

    “He told me to mind my own business and threatened me that if I didn't go away he would stamp my head off the ground,” Mr O'Donoghue said.

    Ms Murphy told the jurors they must next consider if it was a reasonable response to the circumstances he found himself in to break someone's jaw in two places.

    Closing the defence case Vincent Heneghan SC told the jurors that, after his arrest, Mr Dargan gave gardaí a truthful account of what happened. He admitted “lashing out” with a punch but said that he felt threatened by the men.

    Mr Dargan told gardaí: “I saw three guys coming towards me, I felt like this guy is going to kick the **** out of me”.

    Counsel told jurors they must consider if Mr Dargan had a genuine belief he was under threat.

    “He didn't know how drunk these people were. He didn't know what was coming to him. Was his belief a genuine belief?” Mr Heneghan said.

    The trial heard that Dargan has worked as a taekwondo instructor to young children.
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    William Mello



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    Twinsburg martial arts instructor facing sexual assault charges
    Police are asking anyone with information, or who may be another victim, to reach out.
    Author: WKYC Staff
    Published: 11:56 AM EST January 9, 2020
    Updated: 12:09 PM EST January 9, 2020

    TWINSBURG, Ohio — A Twinsburg martial arts instructor is facing sexual assault charges on accusations he inappropriately touched a young girl.

    William Mello, 59, is charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition.

    The Summit County Prosecutor's Office says Mello was an instructor at The Silent Mind Martial Arts Studio on Church Street when he allegedly touched a female student who was under the age of 13.

    A court indictment says the alleged crimes occurred between Aug. 1 and Sept. 14, 2019.

    Mello, a Streetsboro resident, was arraigned last Friday. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 15.

    Twinsburg police are asking for the public's help in their investigation. Anyone with information related to the case, or who may also be a victim of Mello, should call 330-425-1234.
    'The Silent Mind'?
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    William Bosley

    Former Martial Arts Coach To Spend Up To 44.5 Years In Prison After Sexually Assaulting Underage Students
    By Averi Clements -February 10, 2020

    Source: William Bosley via Facebook
    Former Pittsburgh-area martial arts gym owner and coach William Bosley has been sentenced to up to 44 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting three teen girls over a period of time dating back to 2010.

    Bosley, formerly of Uniontown Fight Club, was sentenced days ago after entering his guilty pleas in December for almost ninety counts over five cases. His sentence accounts for six to twelve years for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse for each of the three sexual assault cases, four to eight years for illegal possession of a firearm, and three to six months for sexual intercourse with an animal (a dog). He will serve between 22 and 44.5 years in prison for his crimes.

    The Herald Standard gave a detailed description of the events that occurred in the courtroom, saying that Bosley cited his family, coaching experience, and military service as reasons for why the judge should grant him leniency. He asserted that he’d been directing bible studies and teaching self-defense to the other inmates in his cell block. His attorney vouched for him by way of his military service, and Dr. Scott Tracy, who said that Bosley had visited him for counseling sessions in 2007, said that Bosley had been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and a traumatic brain injury following his time in the military.

    District attorney Rich Bower, however, had no time for excuses for Bosley’s actions. He asserted that many veterans return to civilian life with mental health issues and don’t engage in illegal activity, emphasizing that it was Bosley’s fault alone that he was potentially going to be separated from his family.

    Accusations of Bosley’s crimes first came to light in 2018, when a woman said that he had begun texting her inappropriately in 2013 and later had sex with her, which constitutes statutory rape under Pennsylvania law due to the victim being fourteen at the time. Soon, additional charges emerged, with two more victims coming forward and stating that Bosley had also sexually assaulted them when they were also underage. Bosley served as a martial arts coach for all three of the victims that came forward, and he told another victim that he would “put a bullet between her eyes” in a conversation about the first victim speaking up about what had happened.
    I hope that over the next 45+ years, Bosley's fellow inmates can show him the error of his ways...repeatedly.
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    Nicholas Parnello

    Karate mentor sentenced for child sex crimes
    By Catherine Silver | Posted: Tue 10:33 PM, Feb 11, 2020 | Updated: Wed 6:54 AM, Feb 12, 2020

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - 11 News has learned a man who was sentenced to 90 days in jail for child sex crimes was released one day after learning his fate.

    Court documents say 23-year-old Nicholas Parnello met one young girl while he was mentoring her in Colorado Springs. His arrest papers say he met the girl at T3 Karate near Woodmen and Academy in Colorado Springs. The studio says he was not an employee, but an older student there.

    Parnello took a plea deal, and Judge Lin Billings Vela gave him a 90-day jail sentence. He had already spent 88 days in jail waiting for that sentencing, so he got credit for the time he had served and got out one day after his sentencing hearing.

    Court documents say Parnello asked one victim for nude photographs, and repeatedly tried to contact her even after he was told not to.

    "Just a blatant disregard. He was a 23-year-old man," said deputy district attorney Anne Francis. "That’s a pretty big age difference and the fact that he was in a position of trust being at karate school.”

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    Parnello was charged with seven counts, including sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust. Some of those charges were dropped when he pleaded guilty to sex assault on a child.

    “It was stipulated that he would serve 10 years to the rest of his life on sex offender intensive supervised probation, which is a very specialized sex offender probation," said Francis. "It was up to the judge yesterday whether or not he would receive a sentence to community corrections as a condition of his sentence. The judge decided to impose the 10 to life sex offender intensive supervised probation with our community corrections. She further sentenced him to 90 days jail.”

    Prosecutors say the probation Parnellos is on is very strict, and it is a possible life sentence. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

    “People hear probation and they think it’s a slap on the wrist. This is a special intensive supervised probation," Francis said. “This is a plea agreement we made with consultation of the victims. I think one of their main concerns was him getting treatment and help for an obvious troubling problem.”

    The karate studio tells 11 News they kicked Parnello out as soon as they learned about the allegations. The studio owner says he was not an employee and was not there in an sort of official capacity.

    Parnello told the judge at his sentencing hearing that he will do his best to make up for the things he has done. His lawyer says he has taken accountability for his actions and is already engaging in therapy.
    This is a tricky one because he wasn't actually an employee of the school.
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    DANVILLE — A Marin County resident who owns a karate facility here was arrested last week and charged with sexually abusing a child, police said.

    Officers arrested Ramon Pruitt, 63, in Oakland on Friday, a day after the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office filed charges on three felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child. Authorities issued a warrant for Pruitt’s arrest when the charges were filed.
    Police arrested Ramon Pruitt, 63, on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts against a child.

    Public records list Pruitt, of San Geronimo, as one of two owners of Danville Karate International, located at 105 Town and Country Drive. A web site for the business said it has “provided quality Martial Arts training” since 1997.

    Calls to Danville Karate International on Monday afternoon were not answered.
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    According to police, investigators begin looking into Pruitt on Jan. 14 after receiving a report of alleged inappropriate sexual behavior with one of his students at the karate studio.

    Pruitt remained in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility on Monday in lieu of $500,000.

    Police have not said whether anybody else has come forward with similar information but encouraged anyone with additional information to contact 925-314-3711 or email Det. Dan Lynch at dlynch@danville.ca.gov.
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    Aw crap hskwarrior. I kinda remember Pruitt.

    Pruitt used to stage a major tournament in Oakland, at the Hyatt or the Marriott, I don't quite remember. I never went because it was Karate. But I used to train under Master Tony Chen, who cooperated with that event in some capacity. Again, I don't quite remember the details. I don't think I ever met Pruitt face-to-face but I have a vague memory of hearing he had a stroke several years ago. Some of the Tiger Claw crew remember him because he was a client and they worked that tournament of his. None of them felt he was creepy in that sexual predator way, but real predators usually don't exude that creepy vibe. They're often good at covering their tracks.

    Thanks for posting hskwarrior. Did you know of him personally?
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    I do not understand such people, why commit an act of violence against someone in order to meet their needs. It's terrible, especially when they do it with minors. If they want it so much, then let them go to sexshop and buy themselves some toys or dolls and do it at home, where no one will see it. The store always has a wide range and affordable prices, so they would not have problems with the purchase. I think it would be a better solution than what they did
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    Maryam Hashemi Foroud

    Iranian wushu athlete Hashemi handed four-year doping ban
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    TEHRAN – Iranian wushu practitioner Maryam Hashemi Foroud has been banned for four years.

    Hashemi has received a four-year ban after testing positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.

    A sanction of four years ineligibility is imposed on the athlete, starting on 21 October 2019 (the date of the sample collection) and concluding (but not inclusive of) on 21 October 2023.

    She is disqualified from the 15th World Wushu Championships in Shanghai, China and the results at the competition forfeited as per Art.9.1of IWUF Anti-Doping Rules 2015.

    Hashemi had won a gold medal in the World Wushu Championships in the 75kg weight category.

    Men’s Sanda athletes Hamidreza Gholipour and Moein Taghavi had been previously handed four years doping ban.
    Sanda competitor. Now I'm curious how many taolu competitors get busted for doping.
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