In October 2013, the Department of Social Services and the Annapolis Police Department received reports of sexual abuse regarding an East Coast Martial Arts instructor at an academy in Edgewater. The 26-year-old instructor was allegedly involved with a female student who was only 14 years old.
The alleged sexual relationship started in July 2013 and went on for a number of months at the instructor's Annapolis home, according to the police investigation. He met the young girl at one of the martial arts classes that he conducted. According to the owner of the academy, the instructor was a student at the academy prior to becoming an instructor and had also undergone a background check. The owner also stated that he fired the instructor as soon as the child sexual abuse allegations came under investigation.