Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sex perv teaches karate to kids in Glendale
From Fox 5:
There have been plenty of tough laws passed to protect kids from child molesters. But Fox 5 discovered a convicted child molester named Edwin Rodriguez, running a Karate school in Glendale, Queens and having close contact with young children every day.
Fox 5 received an anonymous tip that a registered sex offender was the owner of a place called Gem Shotokan Karate on Myrtle Avenue. Using a hidden camera Fox 5 immediately established that Rodriguez not only was teaching young children but that he seemed extremely friendly and likeable to both kids and adults.
A sign on the Karate school wall ironically says, “Seek Perfection of Character.” But Edwin Rodriguez is far from perfect. Nine years go Rodriguez was convicted of sexually abusing an 11 year old girl. The details of the criminal complaint against Rodriguez are startling, graphic and uncomfortable to read. It says, “…(i) defendant did attempt to kiss informant(the girl) on the lips and attempted to stick his tongue into informant's mouth while informant pushed defendant away; (ii) that defendant began touching informant's breasts and vaginal area over her clothing while informant pushed defendant away; and (iii) defendant then placed his hand under informant's clothing and forcibly inserted his finger into informant's vagina while informant pushed defendant away."
Records show Rodriguez spent six months in jail and was sentenced to five years probation. His probation ended three and a half years ago. He is labeled at level 2 sex offender, considered a “medium” risk to repeat. He has to register where he lives, not where he works.