Karate Instructor: I Don’t Have The ‘Strength To Resist Another Child’


WITNESSES SAY HE STARTED SHOOTING AS DRIVERS AND MANAGERS WERE ASSEMBLING FOR A MEETING. NOW AT 5:00, A KARATE INSTRUCTOR ARRESTED, FIRED FACING SERIOUS CHARGES TONIGHT ACCUSED OF KISSING ONE OF HIS YOUNG STUDENTS. TED SCOUTEN HAS MORE FROM FT. LAUDERDALE. Reporter: MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR JONATHAN VEGA FACING CHARGES FOR KISSING A 12-YEAR- OLD STUDENT OF HIS. IT HAPPENED WHEN THE TWO WERE ALONE AT THE PREMIER ART STUDIO IN PEMBROKE PINES BACK IN JANUARY. IT’S UNACCESSIBLE — UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR. HE’S TERMINATED. THESE ARE NOT LIFE SKILLS OR THE VALUES WE TEACH AS A MARTIAL ARTIST. HE FIRED VEGA. HE WAS STUNNED TO HEAR THE ALLEGATIONS. SINCE THE INCIDENT THE STUDIO HAS CHANGED LOCATIONS. HE WAS EVEN MORE SHOCKED TO HEAR WHAT WAS IN THE POLICE REPORT. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE 22-YEAR- OLD INSTRUCTOR TOLD THE YOUNG STUDENT HE WANTED TO HAVE SEX WITH HER WHEN SHE WAS OLDER. DETECTIVES SAID HE ADMITTED HE IS ATTRACTED TO CHILDREN AND HE DOESN’T TRUST HIMSELF AROUND CHILDREN. GOING ON TO SAY HE FEELS HE MAY NOT HAVE THE STRENGTH TO RESIST ANOTHER CHILD. I’M TRYING TO HELP MY SON. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THIS HAS HAPPENED TO HIM. Reporter: VEGA’S MOM WAS AT THE MORNING COURT HEARING URGING THE JUDGE TO ALLOW HIM TO BOND OUT OF JAIL. HE HAS A GOOD RECORD, HE IS A GOOD STUDENT, A PERSON, A CITIZEN. HE RECENTLY GRADUATED FROM FIU AS A MECHANICAL ENGINEER. Reporter: HE SHOULD HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL BOND, POINTING OUT TELLING POLICE WHEN HE WAS 18 HE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH A 14- YEAR-OLD. WHEN HE WAS A — LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE MINORS IN THE COMMUNITY. Reporter: IN THE END THE JUDGE SET BOND AT $50,000 WITH SEVERAL CONDITIONS. BOND IS SET IN THE AMOUNT OF $50,000. NO CONTACT WITH THIS VICTIM, NO CONTACT WITH ANY CHILDREN. YOU CANNOT GO BACK TO YOUR JOB

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