Karate Instructor Accused of Sexually Abusing Girl at His Martial Arts Studio

He allegedly touched female karate student during classes, police said


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Frank Yul Pugarita

Via MCPD

A Gaithersburg karate instructor has been arrested and accused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl on multiple occasions during classes in his martial arts studio, said Tuesday.

Frank Yul Pugarita, 54, was charged with sex abuse of a minor and fourth-degree sex offense, according to Montgomery County police.

The girl, who was a karate student, told police that Pugarita had touched her during class lessons at Pugarita Karate Studio at 8945 N. Westland Lane. The alleged incidents occurred between January and June, according to police, who said they began investigating Pugarita in June.

Police believe there may be additional victims.

Pugarita, who lives in the 8400 block of Mountain Laurel Lane, is an instructor at the studio and has owned it for about 10 years, according to police.

Police obtained a warrant for Pugarita on Oct. 3 and arrested him Monday. He was ordered to be held without bail, according to court records.

Police have asked parents of karate students who may have had contact with Pugarita to talk to their children about interactions with him and contact special victims detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

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