The Legal Herald Logo
Legal Analysis By Attorneys
Breaking Legal News

Miami, FL - Taekwondo Instructor Sebastian Choi Arrested for Allegedly Sexually Abusing Student

Team Taekwondo in Miami
Published: January 9, 2019
By: Joe LaFrance
Last Updated on December 11, 2020

Team Taekwondo Instructor Charged with Sexual Battery

A Doral Tae Kwon Do instructor appeared in court on January 9 to face charges of sexual battery. According to the authorities, 22-year-old Sebastian Choi sexually abused a young student at Team Taekwondo in Miami. The alleged abuse took place three years ago, when the victim was 10 years old.

The victim, who is now 13 years old, told police that Choi forced her to perform sexual acts at the martial arts studio. The victim first came forward and told her mother that Choi abused her when she was 10 years old and Choi was 19.

Choi has been charged with two counts of sexual battery on a minor and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. He refused to answer police questions before being arrested. He is currently being held without bond.

Michael Haggard Florida Lawyer
Hello, I’m attorney Michael Haggard. I am licensed to practice law in Florida. If you or a loved one needs legal assistance, I’d be happy to speak with you. Call me on the number below. It costs nothing, and it would be my honor to help you.
(888) 997-3792

Justice for Victims of Sexual Abuse by Martial Arts Instructors

Attorney Michael Haggard helps survivors of sexual violence find justice and support in civil lawsuits. We've asked him to share some insight concerning the legal options available to survivors of sexual abuse by martial arts instructors:

Tragically, we live in a world where the owners of businesses that involve working with kids must take preventative measures to make sure the kids are safe from the risk of sexual abuse. Sexual predators often seek out positions in these types of fields, as they see these jobs and volunteer positions as opportunities to commit heinous crimes. When a child is sexually abused by an instructor in a martial arts studio, dance studio, or another business, the victims and their families may have options for justice in both the criminal justice and civil court systems.

The criminal justice system handles the prosecution of sexual predators, while the civil court system demands accountability from negligent third parties, such as employers who fail to keep children under their watch safe from sexual predators. For example, a martial arts studio might be considered negligent for abuse if they failed to run a background check before hiring a new employee or failed to report suspected sexual abuse to law enforcement. In cases that involve negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.

If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a martial arts instructor, we understand the troubling times your family faces. However, you may be able to find justice by taking legal action. If you'd like to learn more about your family's legal options, get in touch with one of our experienced sex abuse survivors lawyers for a free consultation.

Got A Tip Or Questions 
About A Story?
Call Us!
The Legal Herald
About the Author
Joe LaFrance
About Joe LaFrance
Editor: Joe is a content writer with a focus on the legal field. He covers cases of sexual abuse, drunk driving, and preventable violent crime for the Legal Herald. Contact Joe: This article was fact checked prior to publishing by this author to ensure compliance with our rigorous editorial standards. We will only use authoritative sources. Our values compel us to provide only trustworthy information. If you find an error, please contact us.
Read some recent posts
Find A Local Lawyer

  • Details
  • Incident
Want To Contribute Breaking News? 
Contact Us Today
Legal Herald
10355 Kensington Shore Dr. #102
Orlando, FL 32827
Call: (888) 997-3792
© 2020 The Legal Herald, a division of Eagle Peak Marketing, LLC. All rights reserved.

We would like our readers to know that the information in this story may be sourced from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will correct them if and when they are brought to our attention or we discover them through our editing process. If you have any concerns about this post, please contact us immediately and we will rectify issues. DISCLAIMER: The material contained in this post is for general informational purposes. It is not intended to constitute or express legal or medical advice. Any laws referenced herein are substantially based on general legal principles and may not be applicable to your particular situation. Laws can often be different from one jurisdiction to the next. The Legal Herald is not a law firm. Law firms and lawyers from around the country may apply to become a sponsor or contributor to The Legal Herald.
SitemapMedia RoomDisclaimer / Terms Of Service & Privacy Policy