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Posts about real school tragedy, crime, and/or events can be upsetting.
Do you have children or grandchildren in a martial arts school? If you do, you’ll be especially interested in the case research shared below. Cases like this can and do happen where you live. Thankfully, most extracurricular athletic programs are run by decent, upstanding people.
BLOG POST #194: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving an elementary school teacher.
Before receiving his K-6 Teaching Certificate, the twenty-something young man worked as an assistant instructor at a karate academy—the type of program where children go after school and on weekends.
It was while he worked at the academy he began sexually assaulting a nine-year-old female student. After the unreported crimes ceased, he worked toward and received his teaching certificate.
His crime had remained a secret for 10-years until his victim had the maturity and courage to tell the authorities. At the time of his arrest, he was still working at the karate academy.
As a result of his indictment, the State Board of Examiners took action to suspend his teaching certificate. He requested a hearing and pleaded his case on innocence. His attorney argued his client always wanted to be a teacher and had received great evaluations during his professional career.
In the Board’s Order of Suspension, they quoted state education law “Teachers… are professional employees to whom the people have entrusted the care and custody of … school children. This heavy duty requires a degree of self-restraint, and controlled behavior rarely requisite to other types of employment.” He surrendered his certificate pending the outcome of his case.
The ex-teacher chose to go to trial, declaring his innocence. A jury found him guilty on:
- Two counts of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Two counts of second-degree Sexual Assault
- Two counts of third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child
A Superior Court Judge sentenced him to 18 years in prison. Per state law, he must serve a minimum of 85% or 15 years. Upon his release, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
When it comes our children and grandchildren at school or participating in sports—it’s up to us to stay vigilant and observant. If something feels ‘off’—we need to listen to our gut.
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