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Taekwondo instructor guilty of molesting student
November 08, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Ralph Todd

A Redwood City taekwondo instructor accused of groping a 9-year-old student during a lesson and possessing lewd images of minors found after the child’s father called police pleaded no contest yesterday to child molestation and child pornography possession.

Ralph Eugene Todd III, 32, will be sentenced to three years and eight months in prison when formally sentenced Dec. 13, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

“The sentence offered by the court is fair and just especially because he will have to register,” Wagstaffe said.

In the meantime, he remains free from custody on his own recognizance on the condition that he not commit any new crimes. If he does, the plea bargain is negated and Todd will face the maximum sentence allowed for the crimes.

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 changed his plea Thursday after a judge first denied his defense attorney’s request to dismiss the entire case. Before the negotiated settlement, he had been scheduled for jury trial Nov. 12 and was free on $200,000 bail.

Defense attorney Ryan McHugh did not return a call for comment.

michelle@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102

 

 

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