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Lorenzo RamosA Queens martial arts teacher has been accused of sexually abusing four of his young female students.

“As a martial arts instructor the defendant was supposed to train his students to protect themselves from unwanted advances. Instead he is accused of taking advantage of his teaching position to touch his students in inappropriate ways,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Lorenzo Ramos, while working as an instructor at United Taekwondo in Corona, Lorenzo Ramos abused and forcibly touched two 12-year-olds and two 14-year-olds at various times over the last 19 months.

He allegedly touched them in an inappropriate manner, including grabbing their breasts, squeezing their buttocks and rubbed his penis against the vagina of one of the 12-year-old victims over their clothing, and he rubbed his hand up and down the side of the body of a 14-year-old victim.

This case is similar to allegations made against Oregon martial arts instructor Eben Kaneshiro last year.  You can read that article here:  MMA fighter and Portland New Breed Jiu-Jitsu Academy Owner Eben Kaneshiro Arrested on Child Sexual Abuse Charges

As for Ramos, he is also accused of offering or providing money to the victims, and at one point allegedly told one of the 14-year-old girls “Don’t say anything because both of us will be killed,” according to the district attorney’s office.

A manager at the dojo who requested anonymity said Ramos was fired Feb. 27 for stealing cash.

Two days later, the manager said, the victims came to him and told him what had happened.

“The girls said (Ramos) was trying to carry them. He would ask how much they weighed and he would just pick them up,” the manager said.

Brown said the victims came forward and told the owners of the martial arts studio after talking among themselves.

Ramos, of Elmhurst, Queens, is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of first-degree attempted sexual abuse, eight counts of forcible touching, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, three counts of third-degree sexual abuse, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of second-degree harassment.

Ramos, who faces up to seven years in prison and would be required to register as a sex offender with the state if convicted, was ordered held on a total of $31,000 bail and to return to court on April 1, 2016.

Anyone who believes that they may have been a victim of abuse of this nature is asked to contact the NYPD’s Queens Special Victim Squad at (718) 520-9277.

More information about Lorenzo Ramos’ case can be found here:

If you or someone you care about was sexually abused by a coach or instructor, and you would like advice from an attorney about the rights and options for victims of child sexual abuse, please contact Crew Janci LLP today for a free, confidential consultation at 1-888-407-0224 or by using our private online form.  We will treat you with discretion and respect.

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Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York