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Martial arts instructor jailed for touching student
January 04, 2014, 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 last year and possessing child pornography found after the child’s father called police was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison.

Ralph Eugene Todd III, 32, faced up to three years and eight months in prison after pleading no contest in November to child molestation and child pornography possession. On Friday, he received that maximum and was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Prosecutors say, on Dec. 17, 2012, 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, who had been free on his own recognizance after accepting the plea deal, was immediately taken into custody. He has credit of three days earned while in custody on $200,000 bail before a judge agreed to release him before sentencing.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102



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