Taekwondo instructor accused of forcing girl to perform oral sex on him

Incidents occurred when victim was 10, police say

DORAL, Fla. – A taekwondo instructor is accused of forcing one of his students to perform oral sex on him, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, the victim is 13 years old, but the incidents occurred when she was 10 and her taekwondo instructor and physical education teacher was 19.

Police said the instructor, Sebastian Hanul Choi, now 22, forced the victim to masturbate him and perform oral sex on him on numerous occasions.

He is employed at Team Taekwondo, located at 4005 NW 14th Ave. in Doral, authorities said.

"He's a great guy. I'm shocked, actually," one parent, Gary Shipman, said. "This is a great institution, great students, great leadership here. It's shocking to hear this."

Shipman said he is going to wait until the investigation is complete before passing judgment.

"(It's) something to think about. I think we're going to stick with the fact that they're innocent until proven otherwise," Shipman said.  

Police said Choi refused to provide a statement to detectives and was arrested Tuesday on charges of sexual battery on a minor and lewd and lascivious molestation on a child less than 12.

"As soon as USA Taekwondo was notified of the charge, we immediately suspended Mr. Choi and reported the case to the U.S. Center for SafeSport," a USA Taekwondo spokesman said in an email. "He is now ineligible for any USA Taekwondo-related activity until such time as he is cleared of any and all allegations."

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