Shock: Karate Teacher Arrested for Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old Student


A Florida martial arts teacher is facing federal charges after he coerced and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl.

Alexander Johnson, a 40-year-old karate teacher in Boca Raton, is charged with coercing a child into sexual activity. The egregious crime has drawn the Justice Department to step in and the man now faces federal charges rather than state charges.

Johnson was alerted to the authorities by a friend who said the instructor had “confided in him” that he was having a sexual relationship with a minor.

The girl told detectives that Johnson had “befriended her” in 2011 after praising poetry that she showed him. He began to text the girl often, which she described as “awkward and weird.”

The girl’s mom found out and got a restraining order against Johnson. Police say that Johnson violated the restraining order not long after that, “texting the girl every day for several months.”

A teacher confiscated the girl’s phone and reported the texts to the authorities. Officials say that Johnson texted her, saying “he could not live without her” and telling her how she could be “like a good whore.”

Investigators also say that Johnson apparently lost nude photos of the girl, texting her “It killed me to lose your pics. I spend so much time looking at them :( when THINGS CALM DOWN U CAN SEND MORE.”

The girl told police that Johnson sexually assaulted her in a bathroom inside his karate studio.

Alex Arreaza, Johnson’s attorney, told reporters that there is not enough evidence to convict him, saying “When a child is allegedly the victim, emotion is going to be high … the question is going to be whether he broke the law.”

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  • RexReddy

    Send him to the zoo to be bunk mates with a horny gay gorilla.

  • Elliander Eldridge

    I’d say that he is guilty of violation of a court order at the very least, but based on the girl’s testimony this appears to be mostly stalky behavior and little more. If there was sexting he would be guilty of child pornography, but his statement could just as easily have been about fully clothed photos and it doesn’t look like they even know if sexting was happening. If she thought he was being creepy, that makes sexting less likely. That just leaves the allegations of bathroom assault. Based on his behavior I am inclined to believe something happened, and even a forced kiss would be enough to get him some jail time in this case, but unless there is evidence of more I doubt he would be found guilty of more.

    They do have to be careful with relying on emotions because that will give him an appeal opening which would require new evidence not used in the first trial which would likely result in him walking free.

  • Lily

    It’s sick this has happened. I just don’t understand why parents would leave their children at a sporting place and hope their children will be safe. I am so surprise to see parent/s just dropping their kids at karate, tennis, soccer and other sporting practices and then going off to where, I don’t know. Leave your kids long enough, and the sexual predator will catch onto your routine, and will manipulate it. I will always make sure I am around with my children and if it means another child misses out, then so be it. Safety of the child comes first, not the possibilities of a future sporting star.