Taekwondo Instructor Charged With Sex Abuse Against Students

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Fri, June 15 2012 at 5:35 PM, Updated: Fri, June 15 2012 at 6:08 PM

A Grants Pass martial arts instructor faces several measure 11 charges after a young girl told police that he touched her inappropriately. After the report, several other young girls- his students, came forward.

The youngest girl age twelve, police say was raped. Several others between the ages thirteen and seventeen were inappropriately touched both in their taekwondo class and outside the dojo. This isn't the first time police have seen this. Years ago, the owner of a martial arts studio inside that very same building molested at least one child. twenty-seven year-old Johnathan Lee Wilson was fired from his position as taekwondo instructor a week before his arrest. Police wouldn't speculate but say it's not unusual for more victims to come forward in a case like this. Tonight the studio is closed and the owners of the business are working on a formal statement.

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