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    Hector Quinchi

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    NYC Martial Arts Teacher Gets 7 Years for Raping 12-Year-Old Student at Studio
    Published August 25, 2020 • Updated on August 25, 2020 at 2:26 pm


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    A 37-year-old instructor at a Queens martial arts studio has been sentenced to seven years in prison for raping a 12-year-old girl who took karate lessons at Hugo's Tae Kwon Do Studio in Sunnyside last year, prosecutors said Tuesday.

    Hector Quinchi pleaded guilty in July to rape and child endangerment. Prosecutors say he had sexual contact with the child multiple times between August and October 2019 in the studio on Skillman Avenue.

    On multiple occasions over a seven-week span starting August 15, Quinchi had sexual contact with the girl, including kissing her and rubbing her breasts and private area, prosecutors have said. In early October, he allegedly raped her.

    Quinchi surrendered to authorities soon after learning the girl had told her parents about the abuse. In addition to his seven-year prison sentence, he'll be subject to 10 years' post-release supervision and must register as a sex offender.

    "This defendant was supposed to teach this youngster how to defend herself, but he was the one from whom she needed protection. He manipulated a child too young to consent to sex," Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. "My office will not tolerate adults who abuse their positions of trust to victimize children.”

    Any parents concerned their child may have also been victimized by the karate teacher are encouraged to reach out to the NYPD Child Abuse Squad.
    You cannot trust someone who teaches Karate at a Tae Kwon Do studio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    You cannot trust someone who teaches Karate at a Tae Kwon Do studio.
    In actuality, TKD was Korean karate. General Choi had been a 2nd dan in Shotokan and based his TKD off of it. Quite unlike the Olympic TKD now.

    IMO, a seven-year sentence isn’t nearly enough for rape, especially of a child.

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    Henry & Kelly Regalado

    How the heck does a dude that big market courses titled “Tiny Tigers” and “Little Dragon”?

    Florida martial arts school billed taxpayers over $350,000 for ‘ghost’ kids, state says
    BY DAVID OVALLE
    SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 10:23 AM, UPDATED SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 07:04 PM

    Henry Regalado and his wife, Kelly, ran the United Martial Arts Academy in Homestead. Authorities charged the school and Kelly Regalado with fraudulently billing taxpayers for nearly $300,000 in grants. - FACEBOOK

    Funded by public grants, the United Martial Arts Academy in Homestead offered an array of self-defense training, including the “Tiny Tigers” and “Little Dragon” courses for kids.

    But investigators say that many of those little dragons and tigers were actually phantoms — with the academy falsely billing over $350,000 for non-existent students and fake employees.

    The Miami-Dade Inspector General’s Office and prosecutors on Wednesday announced charges against Kelly Mendoza Regalado, who ran the school’s books. She ran the academy with her husband, martial arts instructor Henry Regalado, who describes himself as holding a “ninth-degree” black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu.

    She is being charged with an organized scheme to defraud, grand theft and communications fraud. The school itself was charged as a defendant.

    Reached on Wednesday, Henry Regalado hung up the phone on a reporter. “I have no comment sir,” he said.

    It was not clear Wednesday if the couple had retained an attorney.

    Prosecutors say the academy fraudulently billed over $350,000 from the Miami-Dade’s Children’s Trust, a taxpayer-funded organization that awards grants to programs that serve poor and at-risk children. The school appears to now be closed, and its website has been taken down.


    A screen shot of the website for the United Martial Arts Academy in Homestead. Miami-Dade prosecutors say the school falsely billed nearly $300,000 for students who didn’t exist. - INTERNET ARCHIVE
    According to archive images of its website, the martial-arts academy began in the mid 2000s, and got its first Children’s Trust grant of $50,000 in 2007. Regalado, on his website, said he quit a job at the University of Miami to run the gym, which featured ample mats, punching bags and a raised boxing ring.

    “The kids are watched over here, they’re safe — the streets outside are not so friendly,” Regalado said, according to the website. “What would these parents do without this? Of course, they’re thankful it’s here.”

    According to a memo released by Inspector General Felix Jimenez, the academy was enrolled in two programs — one for after-school programs, another for summer camps — that reimbursed for costs associated with students and employees.

    Agents reviewed the academy’s bills between 2013 and 2017. They discovered that the Regalados used fake checks, bogus records of money transfers and even sham student attendance data to bill over $350,000. The trust actually paid out just under $300,000, according to the memo.

    The school inflated employee costs, agents found. That included paying Kelly Regalado’s mother under two different names, money that was kicked back to her daughter, the memo said. When the Trust questioned Regalado, she provided “forged bank statements,” Jimenez wrote.

    “Theft in any form is repugnant, but it is particularly vile to line one’s own pockets with funds designated to help the children of our community,” Jimenez said in a statement to the Miami-Dade County Commission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    How the heck does a dude that big market courses titled “Tiny Tigers” and “Little Dragon”?
    Maybe he ate them all.

    He should also be charged with fraud for implying in his poster that he could teach kids to defy gravity and run upside-down on the ceiling. Or that he could teach anyone to move at all. Gravity is certainly not his friend. The only training he’s ever done is ordering home delivery over his I-phone and then lifting the food up to his face.
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    Manuel Ruiz - NOT guilty

    We don't get many 'not guilty' verdicts here.

    Winnipeg firefighter, martial arts instructor found not guilty of some charges in sexual assault trial
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    Published Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:52AM CST
    Last Updated Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:59AM CST
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    Manuel Ruiz (middle) leaves the law courts on May 29, 2020, during a break in his trial. (CTV News Photo Josh Crabb)



    WINNIPEG -- WARNING: This story contains graphic details that may be disturbing to some readers.

    A Winnipeg firefighter and martial arts instructor has been found not guilty of three charges involving one of two women who testified at his sexual assault trial, but no ruling has been made yet involving the charges stemming from allegations made by another woman.

    Court heard Manuel Ruiz has been found not guilty of sexual assault, forcible confinement, and procuring someone to provide sexual services— charges stemming from allegations made by a 35-year-old woman.

    The Crown asked the court for the not guilty finding before closing arguments in the case. Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Joan McKelvey told the trial she accepts the Crown’s recommendation. McKelvey told the court she reviewed the evidence in great detail and determined the three charges have not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Ruiz is still charged with six offences — three counts of uttering threats, two counts of sexual assault, and one count of forcible entry — in connection with allegations made by a now 46-year-old woman.

    The woman testified she began talking on the phone with Ruiz when she was 14 and stayed in contact for several years. She told the court when she was in her twenties, he was at her apartment, put his hands down her underwear, and touched her.

    In a separate incident, she testified Ruiz threw her on a futon and had sexual intercourse with her.

    Ruiz has testified the woman initiated sex and it was consensual.

    Ruiz, 56, has pleaded not guilty to the remaining charges. Closing arguments started Tuesday morning in his trial.

    None of the remaining charges have been proven in court and Ruiz is presumed innocent.
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    Hyobin Lee

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    Martial arts instructor charged with sexually assaulting student

    Prosecutors say the 30-year-old Eden Prairie Tae Kwon Do teacher began having sex with the student when she was just 15.

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    Author: Dana Thiede
    Published: 10:27 AM CDT October 15, 2020
    Updated: 10:27 AM CDT October 15, 2020

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — An Eden Prairie martial arts instructor is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct after investigators say he repeatedly had sex with a juvenile student.

    Prosecutors say the contact between 30-year-old Hyobin Lee and his young victim began when she was just 15 years old.

    A criminal complaint lays out the case against Lee, who arrived in the U.S. from South Korea in 2015 and began teaching the juvenile in October of 2015. Police say they were notified by a mandatory reporter from the Scott County School District of the allegations against Lee on September 21 of this year. The victim allegedly told that reporter that Lee had sex with her multiple times, and had "taken her virginity."

    In a videotaped interview at CornerHouse the victim, now 17, said she would refer to the defendant as "Master Lee" and as part of Tae Kwon Do it is embedded in a student's mind that you do not say no to someone of Lee's rank, you must comply.

    The teen said beginning in 2018 Lee would offer her rides to places, including picking her up from school and bringing her to Tae Kwon Do class. She told authorities he eventually began taking her back to his residence, where Lee would have sex with her. In one instance, she describes sexual contact in a bathroom of the Tae Kwon Do studio.

    In November of 2018 a studio opened closer to the victim's home, ending any interaction with Lee.

    A witness, who was an instructor at the same studio where Lee worked, told investigators that the victim shared in September what had happened.

    Hyobin Lee is currently in custody.
    Here's the problem - those that don't understand rank "you do not say no to someone of Lee's rank, you must comply."
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    Daniel Sharples

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    Daniel Sharples
    Martial arts expert jailed for life for murder of vulnerable wheelchair-bound Warrington dad
    BY GARY SKENTELBERY ON 27TH OCTOBER 2020 12:10 PMCRIME, NEWS
    A martial arts expert who repeatedly kicked a helpless wheelchair-bound father-of-two to death in Warrington has been sentenced to life in prison.

    Daniel Sharples was convicted of the murder of 53-year-old Michael Mairs following an eight-day trial at Liverpool Crown Court which concluded on Wednesday 14 September.
    Today, Tuesday 27 October, the 38-year-old of Griesdale Avenue, Orford, Warrington, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 21 years. The attack took place on Sunday 6 October 2019.
    Sharples began his day at 9.40am when he went for breakfast with a pint at the Looking Glass in Warrington town centre.
    He then went on to the Hop Pole where he had more alcohol to drink along with several shots of Sambuca. Sharples then left the pub at around midday and made his way up Winwick Street.
    As he went under the railway bridges he came across Michael who was drinking with friends.
    Sharples began to verbally abuse the group, before attacking Michael’s two friends – who both fled the scene after being repeatedly punched in the face.
    He then turned his attention to Michael who was unable to escape – he initially punching him in the face, before tipping his wheelchair over and repeatedly kicking him in the head as he lay helpless on the floor.
    As the attack continued, a member of the public intervened and attempted to pull Sharples off Michael, who was barely conscious on the floor.
    However, the attack was not over, and before fleeing the scene he grabbed Michael’s wheelchair from underneath him and tossed it aside.
    He then ran off on foot, but was arrested a short time later after attempting to evade officers.
    Upon his arrest Sharples admitted the attack – claiming that he carried it out as Michael had sold heroin to his son.
    Michael was initially treated at the scene by paramedics before being transported to Warrington District General Hospital with injuries reported to be life-threatening by the Paramedics.
    Due to the severity of his injuries, he was placed into an induced coma and transferred to intensive care.
    Sadly, despite the best efforts of all those involved, Michael never regained consciousness and died on Monday 28 October.
    A post mortem found that whilst Michael had suffered multiple organ failure, the central cause of death was the significant facial injuries sustained during the violent attack.
    Sharples was initially charges with Section 47 assault to which he pleaded guilty.
    However, following Michael’s death, Sharples was interviewed again by Cheshire officers and then subsequently charged with Murder.
    Following the verdict Detective Inspector Helen Clegg said: “This was a totally unprovoked attack on a vulnerable man who had no way of defending himself.
    “On the day of the incident Michael was simply socialising with his friends and minding his own business.
    “Sharples is a strong and powerful man and used his kick boxing experience to launch a vicious and sustained attack on Michael as he sat helpless in his wheelchair. He was totally focused on inflicting serious harm.
    “Throughout the investigation Sharples has never shown any remorse. Instead, attempted to place the blame on Michael, claiming that he had sold drugs to his son, claims that were totally unsubstantiated.
    “He went on to claim that he had taken Valium prior to the attack and was unable to control himself and had no recollection of what happened.
    “Thankfully, the jury have seen though his lies and he is now facing the consequences of his actions.”
    David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “This crime shocked the local community and deeply saddened all those who knew Michael.
    “I would like to thank all of the officers involved in the investigation who have helped to get justice for Michael’s family and friends.
    “My thoughts are with them at this difficult time I hope this conviction gives them some form of comfort.”
    Detective Inspector Clegg added: “I would like to thank all of the member of the public who helped Michael on the day, along with those who have come forward with information.
    “Their evidence was compelling and a driving force behind the conviction of this man for Michael’s murder.
    “I’d also like to acknowledge the courage that Michael’s children have shown throughout this case.
    “I hope the conviction of Sharples, and the sentence handed to him, will help them, and all those who knew him, to continue to come to terms with what happened and move forward with their lives.”
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    Charles Calvin Stover

    Former martial arts studio owner charged with child abuse; other victims sought
    WBALUpdated: 12:18 PM EDT Oct 30, 2020
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    Charles Stover SOURCE: Frederick Sheriff's Department

    FREDERICK, Md. —
    A former martial arts studio owner has been indicted on nine counts of child abuse stemming from the late 90s. The Frederick Sheriff's Office is asking other potential victims to come forward.

    Charles Calvin Stover, of Frederick, was indicted on Oct. 23 by a Frederick County grand jury on nine counts of child abuse to a minor. These counts span over the course of more than three years from 1997 to 2000.

    Stover owned and operated martial arts studio In Ji Yong, which provided classes in Frederick and Thurmont. The studio just shut down this year due to COVID-19.

    Anyone that may have additional information or would like to come forward to file a complaint against Stover is asked to contact Sgt. Joseph McCallion at 301-600-1022
    In Ji Yong sound Korean?
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    Rafael Freitas

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    Local martial arts instructor charged with rape
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    by: KRQE Staff

    Posted: Dec 6, 2020 / 05:43 PM MST / Updated: Dec 7, 2020 / 06:21 AM MST

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A local jiu-jitsu instructor has been charged with raping a client. Online court records state Rafael Freitas was at a client’s home on Nov. 7.

    He allegedly made her a drink, and she reported feeling sleepy afterward. She fell asleep and woke up a few hours later to find Freitas gone and that she was naked from the waist down.

    The woman later checked the surveillance footage in her home and alleges that Freitas can be seen taking advantage of her. A Google search of Freitas brings up a link to a page on the Jackson-Wink Academy website, but it’s unclear in what capacity, and the link is now broken.

    Freitas is not currently listed as an employee at the gym. A Jackson Wink spokesperson also tells KRQE News 13 Freitas is not an employee of Jackson Wink Academy and never has been.
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    Charles Niemi

    Centennial martial arts instructor arrested on child sex assault charges
    Deputies say they believe he could have more victims

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    The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrested 65-year-old Charles Niemi on two counts of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, and he is being held at the Douglas County jail without bond.
    Posted at 7:04 PM, Dec 31, 2020 and last updated 6:04 PM, Dec 31, 2020

    DENVER – Deputies arrested a 65-year-old martial arts instructor from Centennial Thursday afternoon on investigatory charges of sexual assault on a child and believe he may have additional victims.

    The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrested 65-year-old Charles Niemi on two counts of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, and he is being held at the Douglas County jail without bond.

    The sheriff’s office said Niemi was the instructor of the victim at Spirit Warrior Martial Arts in Centennial and was still employed as of Thursday afternoon. The academy’s website listed Niemi as the head instructor.

    The authorities said they believe Niemi may have abused others as well and are asking anyone who might be a victim or have more information about Niemi to call Detective Ducat at 303-814-7179.

    The sheriff’s office said it was unable to release further information about the case because the investigation is ongoing.
    Wonder what style he taught...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    Wonder what style he taught...

    His school’s website says “Taekwondo, karate, jiu jitsu, self-defense, qigong, arnis/kali, meditation.”

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    David John Williams

    Martial arts instructor arrested on child porn, assault offenses
    By Times Leader - February 25, 2021
    By Patrick Kernan pkernan@timesleader.com




    PITTSTON — A former karate instructor was locked up without bail Thursday after he was arrested by Pittston police and Luzerne County detectives on multiple sexual assault offenses against children and possessing images or videos of children engaged in sex acts.

    David John Williams, 57, of Pittston, was charged with eight counts of child pornography, six counts each of corruption of minors and indecent assault and three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. According to an affidavit, Williams repeatedly abused three underage girls for years, starting when they were between 5 and 6 years old, until they were between 12 and 13.

    An investigation into Williams began on Jan. 22, when the Pittston City Police Department received two complaints from two juveniles who claimed to have been victims of abuse.

    An interview with the children was held on Feb. 19. One of the girls, identified in the affidavit as victim number one, identified Williams as a family friend, saying he had been around her family her whole life. She said the abuse started when she was “young,” saying Williams would undress in front of her and both force her to inappropriately touch him and would touch her.

    The girl told police that Williams lived in the home with her for a time, and would also molest other underage girls in the home, saying she remembers a time when he recorded videos of one of the other girls.

    The girl identified as victim number two told police she was a student at the karate school Williams operated, which met in the space above the firehouse in Pittston. She said Williams would expose himself to her, force her to touch him and would also touch her. She said Williams also repeatedly gave her and the other alleged victims alcohol and marijuana.

    At another point, the girl told police, Williams began coming to the home drunk after playing with his band. He would come into the home, expose himself to the girls and fondle them. The girl identified as victim number two said she would pretend to be asleep, and he would move on to one of the other girls if it worked. She also said Williams would film the girls in the pool and would also make her perform oral sex and would perform it himself.

    While serving a warrant at Williams’ home on Thursday, detectives said they found a camera with videos depicting sex acts between Williams and girls matching the alleged victims’ descriptions.

    During an interview with police, Williams allegedly said that he began seeking out child pornography years ago, justifying it by saying he was trying to assist law enforcement with locating perpetrators to “bring them to justice.” He said that he found the material disgusting, but would watch it in its entirety on occasion.

    Later during the interview, detectives say Williams said the girls were interested in sex from a young age, and that he “wanted to be the one that showed them about sex so the girls did not go out and do it in an unsafe manner.”

    He also allegedly admitted to having the girls perform sex acts on him. He said that he did not remember filming sex acts, but if the detectives found them, “they had to have happened.”

    Williams was arraigned by District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz who jailed him at the county correctional facility without bail, deeming him a danger to society. She scheduled his preliminary hearing for March 9.

    Luzerne County Detective Chaz Balogh and Pittston City Police Sgt. Kyle Shumosic, lead affiants on the case, asked that, if there are any other victims, they contact either the Pittston City Police or the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office.

    While being led out of the magistrate’s office, Williams said to reporters that he was “sorry.” On Williams’ Facebook page, his bio reads that “the kids are my life.”
    "starting when they were between 5 and 6 years old, until they were between 12 and 13."
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    Leonardo Sanchez

    NJ Martial Arts Studio Owner Placed Hidden Camera In Bathroom, Prosecutor Says
    Cecilia Levine 03/24/2021 3:33 p.m.


    Leonardo Sanchez of Impact Martial Arts Photo Credit: Somerset County Prosecutor's Office/Google Maps
    The 31-year-old owner of a martial arts studio was arrested on accusations he placed a camera inside of a bathroom and filmed members of the public and students who used it, authorities said Wednesday.

    Leonardo Sanchez of Somerville -- who owns Impact Martial Arts in Warren -- was arrested March 19 and charged with third-degree Invasion of privacy, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said.

    Police were called to the Mountain Boulevard studio around 11:30 p.m., when an employee found a hidden camera inside of the business, along with videos of individuals using the bathroom, Robertson said alongside local police.

    The Warren Township Police Detective Bureau executed a Superior Court ordered search warrants for the Sanchez's home and business, seizing all electronic devices.

    Sanchez was arrested without incident and lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

    The investigation remains on-going.

    Anyone with information relating to this incident is urged to contact the Warren Township Police Department at (908) 753-1000 or via the STOPit app.

    The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.

    Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
    So creepy and disgusting.
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    David John Williams

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    Child sex charges add up against martial arts instructor

    By Edward Lewis - April 2, 2021
    By Ed Lewis elewis@timesleader.com


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    PITTSTON — A martial arts instructor jailed since his February arrest on allegations he sexually assaulted two girls was arraigned Friday on sex offenses involving a third female.

    David John Williams, 58, of Boston Street, Pittston Township, was involved in a sexual relationship with a woman that began when she was 15-years-old in 1998 lasting until 2001, according to court records.

    Court records say Williams fooled the girl by taking her to a surprise 16th birthday party at the Knights Inn in Pittston Township. When they arrived, she claimed there was no one else in the room where they stayed having sexual relations in a hot tub, court records say.

    The woman, now in her 30s, came forward after Williams’ first arrest by Pittston police and Luzerne County detectives on Feb. 25.

    In that case, Williams was charged with sexually assaulting two girls from 2012 to earlier this year at various locations, including his karate school above the Pittston City Fire Station, court records say.

    After his Feb. 25th arrest, Williams was jailed on multiple felony sex offenses without bail.

    According to the latest criminal complaint filed Friday:

    The woman told police she was 15 when she met Williams while babysitting for a mutual friend. They became friendly as Williams supplied her with beer and marijuana.

    After knowing each other for several months, Williams took the girl to the Knights Inn motel for a surprise 16th birthday party. When she arrived, no one else was in the motel room.

    They stayed and played board games and consumed beer for a while until Williams encouraged her to go into a hot tub, where they had sexual relations, the complaint says.

    The girl claimed she lived with Williams at a residence in Harding, Exeter Township, when she transferred high schools. She told police and county detectives there were specific times she was under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and “whatever else Williams” gave her, the complaint says.

    She discovered a hidden video camera that Williams allegedly used to record their sex acts. When she confronted Williams about the camera, he allegedly told her the camera was for her protection and he wanted to teach and protect her.

    Police and county detectives confronted Williams with the woman’s allegations during a jailhouse interview March 29.

    Williams claimed the relationship was “consensual” believing the woman was 18 years old at the time. When told the woman was 16 and asked about the Knights Inn, Williams replied, “Oh yeah,” recalling he struck a vehicle when he drove her home after leaving the motel, the complaint says.

    Williams was arraigned by District Judge James J. Haggerty in Kingston on two counts of corruption of minors and one count each of endangering the welfare of a minor and indecent assault. Haggerty set Williams’ bail on the latest charges at $50,000 but he remains jailed without bail stemming from his Feb. 25th arrest.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    In actuality, TKD was Korean karate. General Choi had been a 2nd dan in Shotokan and based his TKD off of it. Quite unlike the Olympic TKD now.

    IMO, a seven-year sentence isn’t nearly enough for rape, especially of a child.
    Rape is really a serious case. The trauma will affect the child's brain. It should be 30years and up.

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