Virginia

Karate teacher accused of sexually assaulting former student

HARDY, Va. (AP) — A Vinton karate instructor has been accused of sexually assaulting a former student.

Multiple news outlets report 48-year-old Richard Perez, the owner of Perez Kenpo Karate, was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of indecent liberties and three counts of carnal knowledge, all felonies.

Perez’s lawyer says he is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with minors while he waits for trial.

According to the Roanoke County Police Department, the victim in the case was a 15-year-old student who told investigators Perez had sex with her multiple times in 2012. A police spokeswoman says the offenses carried on into 2013, occurring at Perez’s residence in southwest Roanoke County, as well as multiple other locations around Roanoke, Roanoke County and Vinton.

Perez’s lawyer says Williams denies the claims.

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