Last Update: 7/13/2020
An instructor at Hugo’s Taekwondo on Skillman Avenue in Woodside has been charged with first-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child in a case involving a preteen student.
36-year-old Hector Quinchi is accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old female student several times at the business, beginning on August 15. Quinchi allegedly kissed the girl and rubbed her breasts and private areas in multiple incidents. He allegedly raped the girl at the studio on October 5.
According to court records, Quinchi has confessed to the charges.
Quinchi was arraigned on these charges on Wednesday, October 9. His bail was set at $100,000. If convicted of these charges, he could face up to 25 years in prison.
Quinchi has another court date scheduled for November 8.
Any parents who are worried that their child may also be a victim of Quinchi have been asked to contact the NYPD Child Abuse Squad at 718-261-2737.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville of BanvilleLaw.com represents victims of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits against sexual predators and negligent third parties. We’ve asked Laurence to share some of his knowledge on the legal rights of martial arts instructor sexual abuse victims:
Adults who work with children must be trustworthy people. It’s critical that the owners of businesses that involve working with children have adequate safeguards in place for ensuring the safety of the children under their watch. Unfortunately, sexual predators often seek out positions in these fields, where they exploit their positions of trust in order to commit heinous crimes against children.
When an instructor at a martial arts studio or another business is accused of sexually abusing a student, there are a few things to consider in the aftermath. A criminal investigation into the accused perpetrator is crucial, but there should also be an investigation to determine if the business is partially to blame due to negligence.
For example, a martial arts studio could be considered negligent if they failed to respond to previous complaints of inappropriate behavior by the accused perpetrator. In cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the business.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a martial arts instructor, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking with one of our experienced sex abuse lawyers in a free consultation.