While a taekwondo instructor arrested in December on suspicion of molesting a 9-year-old student and possessing child pornography remains free on bail, Redwood City police are investigating if there may be other possible victims.
Ralph "Eugene” Todd, 31, of Menlo Park, was taken into custody Dec. 19 for allegedly performing lewd and lascivious acts on the boy two days prior at Kim’s TaeKwonDo Academy in Woodside Plaza, according to police.
He posted a $100,000 bail bond but was later taken into custody on another $100,000 bond after authorities reportedly found child pornography on a computer taken into evidence during his arrest.
He is due back in court April 10 for a preliminary hearing on charges in both cases which include two felony counts of child molestation, misdemeanor child annoyance and one count of possessing child pornography.
He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.
Todd worked at the martial arts academy for 12 years. Authorities say on Dec. 17, a crying student told his father that the instructor fondled him while correcting his form and later, inside an office, pulled down the boy’s pants and fondled him again. The father contacted police.
Detectives are attempting to gain more information to determine if there are additional victims or witnesses.
Investigators have spoken with all of the current students at the academy but are looking into whether there are past students who may have been abused, Redwood City police Lt. Sean Hart wrote in a statement.
In April, an instructor at Tat Wong Kung Fu in San Mateo was arrested after being accused of inappropriately touching two young female students. The suspect in that case, a 36-year-old instructor, worked at the studio on 43rd Avenue in San Mateo between 1999 and 2011 and prosecutors say he fondled two girls, ages 9 and 11, at different times between August 2010 and October 2011.
Federal authorities are also currently investigating a former high-ranking county official who allegedly received child pornography in the mail.
In December, the former San Mateo County chief probation officer who was also an instructor at the Korean Martial Arts Center in San Francisco, retired while being investigated for possession of child pornography. That investigation is ongoing, however, and an arrest has not been made.
Another taekwondo instructor, a Foster City man who was 20 at the time, was arrested by San Carlos police in 2009 for allegedly molesting one of his 13-year-old female students. The defendant in that case was sentenced to time served and did not have to register as a sex offender.
In Daly City, a karate instructor who molested five former students at his martial arts school over the course of a year was also sentenced in 2008 to 35 years in prison for 17 felony counts of molestation.
The same year, the owner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Half Moon Bay was deported after being convicted of inappropriately massaging four boys.
Anyone with information regarding Todd’s arrest should contact Redwood City police Detective Megan Boyajian at (650) 780-7138.
(650) 344-5200 ext. 106