South Florida Martial Arts Instructor Accused of Having Sexual Relations with 14-Year-Old Girl
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A 22-year-old Pembroke Pines martial arts instructor is facing criminal charges after police claim he had sex with an underage girl.
The man was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of Lewd or Lascivious Battery, two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation and two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Conduct.
Pembroke Pines police allege the man picked the 14-year-old girl up from school after she had skipped class on two separate occasions. They claim he took the girl to his home and had sex with her several times in his bedroom and bathroom.
The man was arrested after the alleged victim, on a recorded call with police, asked the man if he used a condom because she believed she may be pregnant. According to police, the man made incriminating statements that lead to him being taken into custody.
The man allegedly told detectives that he and the girl were attracted to one another, but did not engage in sexual relations. During an interrogation, the man apparently told police he took the girl to his home to keep her out of trouble.
The man is being held on $20,000 bond and has been ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.
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