Martial Arts Teacher Stands Accused of Sexual Child Abuse of Student He Met at Edgewater Studio

A martial arts teacher at East Coast Martial Arts in Edgewater stands accused of sexual child abuse against a 14-year-old student, according to a media release from Anne Arundel County Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy. The Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office got an arrest warrant for Jason Alexander Webb, 26, of Annapolis, who turned himself in on Feb. 20, 2014.

Jason Webb

Jason Webb

According to the media release from police, the investigation was launched in October of 2013, when the Department of Social Services received a report of sexual child abuse. At that time, it was alleged that a martial arts instructor was having sexual relations with a minor whom he met during martial arts classes.

Police learned that the suspect had begun the relationship in July of 2013 and it continued over the next several months.

The suspect in the case was interviewed and it was learned that he had inappropriate sexual contact with the female victim on several occasions at his home in Annapolis.

Police presented the case to the States Attorney who got an arrest warrant through the District Court Commissioner. Webb is accused of child abuse, sex abuse of a minor, third and fourth degree sex offenses and second degree assault.

The suspect turned himself in on February 20, 2014. Anyone with any additional information on the suspect or who may have been a victim is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 410-222-3566.

Readers may recall in March 2011, while the editor of Edgewater Patch, a different martial arts studio instructor was charged with child sexual abuse, I covered that case starting with this story here. The instructor in that case, Justin Dutcher, then 24, eventually pleaded guilty in Otober of 2011 and is serving a 10 year sentence at a correctional facility in Hagerstown. The studio in that case was PRIDE Martial Arts located in Lee Airpark shopping center.

We spoke with Tommy Lee, the owner of East Coast Martial Arts, who said that when he found out about the incident, in October of last year, he fired Webb.

“Jason was let go. The same day,” Lee said.

Lee further went on to say that the school does background checks on every person and there have never been any problems in their 20 years as a business. Lee said that when he learned there was a warrant for Webb he contacted him and got him to turn himself in.

Lee said his concern right now is for the girl.

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