REDWOOD CITY -- Two months after a longtime taekwondo teacher was arrested on charges he molested a young student, police reached out Wednesday to the public in search of other possible victims.
Since 32-year-old Ralph "Eugene" Todd's arrest December 19 on suspicion of abusing a 9-year-old boy, police have been looking into whether other students were also victims, Redwood City police Lt. Sean Hart said. Todd worked as an instructor at Kim's Tae Kwon Do Academy at Woodside Plaza for 12 years.
So far investigators have not come up with any other cases of abuse.
"We're doing it as a precaution because he worked there for so many years," Hart said. "We just wanted to make sure nobody fell through the cracks."
Todd has pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court to two felony counts of child molestation and having child pornography, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Todd also is accused of misdemeanor annoying of a child. He's out of jail on $100,000 bail and is due back in court in April.
A man who answered the phone at the studio Wednesday declined to comment and hung up. When reached separately by phone Wednesday, Todd and his attorney Ryan McHugh declined to comment.
The charges stem from a Dec. 17 lesson where the boy and Todd were alone at the martial arts studio, said Wagstaffe. Todd told the boy he incorrectly did a move and then allegedly fondled him. After that he took the boy into a back office and abused him a second time, Wagstaffe said.
Obviously upset after the lesson, the boy told his father what allegedly happened, and the father called police. Investigators said they later seized Todd's computer and found child pornography.
People wishing to report additional crimes can call Redwood City police Detective Megan Boyajian at 650-780-7138.
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