Martial arts instructor charged over alleged sexual abuse of student

A martial arts instructor has been charged over the alleged grooming and sexual abuse of a teenage girl he was coaching.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad launched an investigation earlier this week, after receiving reports a 15-year-old girl had been abused by a man who was known to her.

It led detectives to a home at Seaforth in Sydney yesterday, where they arrested a 35-year-old man.


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Officers also raided the man’s home where they seized electronic devices and documents.

“Police will allege in court that the man groomed and sexually abused the girl between March and May this year at locations in Sydney’s north,” NSW Police said.

“It will be further alleged that the man gave the girl prohibited drugs on at least one occasion before sexually abusing her.”

The man has been charged with a string of offences including groom child for unlawful sexual activity, supply prohibited drug (small quantity to child under 16 years by adult), intentionally sexually touch child between 10 and 16 years (x2), and aggravated sexual intercourse child between 14 and 16 years (x3).

He has been refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Local Court yesterday, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court today.

Investigations are continuing.

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