Edmonton martial arts instructor charged with sexual assault


A 47-year-old martial arts instructor has been charged with sexual assault after two young women reported “sexually motivated touching” under his instruction.

The man, who owns ATA Martial Arts School in the city’s west end, was arrested by the Edmonton Police Service Thursday.

A police news release said two women, aged 19 and 25, reported experiencing sexually motivated touching not consistent with martial arts training during individual sessions and several classes.

The women reported they felt pressured into situations they were not comfortable with because of the man’s position of authority at the school.

Kevin Ford is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

In a Facebook message, the ATA Martial Arts School denied the allegations.

“The allegations are untrue,” the page said. “We have no further comment to make at this time.”

Police are asking any other witnesses or complainants to come forward by calling police.

“We believe that others may have information that would assist the investigation and encourage them to contact us,” said Acting Staff Sgt. Richard Windover in the news release.

Kevin Ford, 47, is shown in this undated handout photo. Edmonton police say an instructor at a martial arts school has been charged after allegations of sexual assault. They say Kevin Ford, 47, was arrested and charged Thursday after two female victims came forward to report they were sexually assaulted at the ATA Martial Arts School in Edmonton’s west end. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Edmonton Police Service ORG XMIT: CPT132

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Kevin Ford, 47, is shown in this undated handout photo.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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