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Redwood City taekwondo instructor to trial for molesting student
April 25, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Ralph Todd

A Redwood City taekwondo instructor accused of groping a 9-year-old student during a lesson and possessing child pornography found after the child’s father called police will stand trial.

Ralph Eugene Todd III, 32, has pleaded not guilty to charges of child molestation, misdemeanor child annoyance and one count of possessing child pornography. After a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Todd was held to answer on all charges in both cases. He returns to Superior Court May 10 to enter a plea and possibly set a trial date.

Prosecutors say on Dec. 17, the crying boy told his father who had come to pick him up at Kim’s TaeKwonDo Academy in Woodside Plaza, that Todd said he was not doing his moves properly and squeezed his genitals while correcting his form. Later inside an office, he allegedly pulled down the boy’s pants and fondled him again. The father contacted police who arrested Todd Dec. 19 and seized his computer. Police reported finding child pornography on the computer.

Todd is free from custody on $100,000 bail.

 

 

Tags: child, pornography, father, police, ralph todd, kims taekwondo academy


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