The owner of Kokusai Karate Dojo is accused of sexually abusing a student.
Kokusai Karate Dojo Owner Accused of Sexually Abusing Young Student
The owner of Kokusai Karate Dojo in Bloomfield was arrested on July 2 on allegations that he sexually abused a young student at the dojo.
An 11-year-old female student at the karate studio told Bloomfield police that the owner and instructor, 56-year-old Edilberto “Eddie” Torres, had sexually abused her multiple times after he agreed to watch her before classes.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and criminal complaint say that the abuse happened between April and June.
Torres has been charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
He was released from custody on July 9 following a detention hearing. Judge Martin Cronin released him under the condition that he have no contact with his accuser or any other minors under age 17 other than family. He is also prohibited from going within 100 feet of the dojo or to any offsite events for the business.
Torres is scheduled to appear in court again on August 2.