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Martial Arts Instructor Charged With Having Sex With His 14-Year-Old Student

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EDGEWATER, Md. (WJZ)—An Anne Arundel County martial arts instructor is facing very serious charges after he’s accused of having sexual relations with a teenaged student.

Rochelle Ritchie reports.

Martial arts instructor Jason Webb is facing his toughest match in the ring of justice after police say he had sex with one of his female students.

“This all stems from an investigation brought to our attention back in October. We were working closely with Social Services and also the State’s Attorney’s Office as this investigation progressed,” said Justin Mulcahy, Anne Arundel County Police.

Webb’s teaching days at East Coast Martial Arts in Edgewater are over. The 26-year-old now sits behind bars, charged with sex abuse of a minor and second-degree assault.

“Even more concerning to the police department is this individual is in a position of authority and trust,” Mulcahy said.

The owner of the martial arts school says he took immediate action after learning about the allegations against Webb last year.

“What I found out the mother called me and told me that there were some things going on, and that same day he was relieved. He was let go,” said Tommy Lee, business owner.

Lee says before Webb was an instructor he was actually a student at East Coast Martial Arts for a number of years.

Lee says he saw no signs that Webb would have been capable of committing such offenses.

Police say Webb and his 14-year-old victim had sex in his Annapolis home on Childs Point Road, where WJZ tried to speak with his parents. But no one would come to the door.

The 14-year-old victim is still a student at the school. Police say Webb started a sexual relationship with her in July 2013 that lasted several months.

Webb is also charged with child abuse and third- and fourth-degree sex offenses.

He turned himself into police last Thursday.

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