Choi, 22, is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child and sexual battery on a minor. He is being held without bond. The press did not name an attorney for him.
According to the arrest report, the alleged molestation occurred three years ago at Team Taekwondo, located at 4005 NW 14th Avenue in Doral, Florida. Choi was the victim’s Taekwondo instructor and physical education teacher.
The victim, who is now 13 years old, reportedly told her mother that she was repeatedly molested by Choi in 2015, when she was 10 and he was 19. He allegedly forced her to rub his genitals and perform oral sex on him on several occasions.
“The victim was very brave enough to tell her parents about the incidents that happened when she was 10 years old,” Miami-Dade Police Detective Angel Rodriguez told the press. “These incidents took place at the Tae Kwon Do dojo and these incidents are very alarming because it raises a lot of concern about this person having access to many children.”
Choi reportedly refused to answer police questions and was arrested. A USA Taekwondo spokesperson released a statement saying Choi has been suspended and is now ineligible for any martial arts-related activity.
“As soon as USA Taekwondo was notified of the charge, we immediately suspended Mr. Choi and reported the case to the U.S. Center for SafeSport,” a USA Taekwondo spokesperson told news sources. “He is now ineligible for any USA Taekwondo-related activity until such as he is cleared of any and all allegations.”
Another sex case involving a teacher and an underage student was reported in Miami-Dade last week. High school teacher Diego Guzman Carranza was arrested on January 4 for allegedly having sexual relations with a 14-year-old student.
Carranza, 30, is charged with committing a lewd and lascivious act on a minor. He was ordered held on $50,000 bond.
According to the police report, investigators learned about Carranza’s alleged relationship with his student from the student’s older sister. The sister called the police to report that her sibling was with her teacher at an Airbnb in Wilton Manors.
Police who arrived at the location reported that Carranza answered the door shirtless and was purportedly surprised to discover the age of his student, who was found inside without any pants on. Carranza refused to speak with investigators without an attorney present.
The girl told police that she and Carranza had sex before they arrived and that she was in an ongoing sexual relationship with him. She also said that she had discussed the illegality of their relationship because of their ages, the report said.
Carranza taught biology at Dr. Michael Krop High School. He had reportedly been a teacher in the county for less than two years. Miami-Dade Schools is in the process of terminating his employment.
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