A martial arts instructor always willing to spend extra time working with his Tae Kwon Do students now stands accused of molesting one of them –– a young girl.
According to Sun Sentinel, Pembroke Pines Police officials say that they arrested 22-year-old Anthony Vicente Columna this past Thursday, charging him with five counts of Lewd or Lascivious Battery, two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation and two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Conduct.
"I couldn't believe it," said the alleged victim's mother, writes WSVN-TV, who fears her daughter may not be alone. "How come this is the teacher of my kids?"
And he didn't teach at any ordinary school. Columna taught at the award-winning internationally recognized Master Sang’s Tae Kwon Do and TNT Centers whose training has been featured in the Rush Hour 2 and 3 movie series, according to the website.
"All instructors go through extensive training and screening before they are able to teach and guide children in the classroom," the site reads.
Don't let anybody touch you
That's why the mother of the girl making the allegations just can't believe that this is the same instructor who was always kind and polite, the same instructor always willing to spend a little extra time working with his Tae Kwon Do students, and most incredibly the same instructor that told students this: "Don't let anybody touch you" and "never be in places by yourself."
Now it seems the warnings he gave others, he proceeded to violate himself.
The alleged victim, now 14, was just 13 years old when she found this out. She alleges that Columna took her to his home and attempted to have sex with her.
"I was nervous and I was shocked, I didn't know what to do, and I pushed him off, but he gave me this aggressive [expletive], and I didn't want to do anything else from there, because I didn't want to be hurt," she said.
Then on April 5 and May 4, the victim told police she cut classes and Columna picked up the underage girl from school. She alleges that he drove her to his home on the 21600 block of Northwest Third Place in Pembroke Pines where he had sex with her several times in his bedroom and bathroom making sure to use a condom, according to the arrest report.
On Wednesday, police arranged a recorded phone call between the teenage girl and Columna.
At first, Columna denied doing anything beyond kissing but when she claimed she might be pregnant he admitted to using condoms on both occasions, the arrest report stated.
On Thursday, Pembroke Pines Police arrested Columna at Sang's Martial Arts Academy in Pembroke Pines, where he taught Tae Kwon Do. His MySpace page, which seems to have been last updated a couple years ago, says Columna was a Junior Instructor at Sang's Tae Kwon Do from 2003-2004.
During interrogation, NBCMiami says, Columna reportedly admitted to detectives that he and the victim were attracted to each other, but denied having sexual intercourse. He also told detectives that he only took the girl to his home to keep her out of trouble.
Columna appeared in bond court on Friday, Local 10 news reports, where a judge ordered his bond to be set at $20,000.
Columna bonded out of the Broward County Main Jail the same day.
According to NBCMiami, the judge ordered Columna to have no contact with the victim making the allegations following his release.
A mother's plea
The victim said she carried this secret alone as to not add to her mother's burdens. She explained,"at the moment, we had a lot of family issues, and I didn't want her to be over-stressed with everything else she was going through."
The alleged victim's mother wants to caution all parents to make sure they keep a close eye on what their children do.
"The parents can go through all their [children's] Facebook [posts]. They have to get involved in that: their Facebook, their text messages. They have to be aware of their friends. We can't think that they're adults, and [say], 'I wanna give them their space.' No. You can't give them any space until they're adults and until they are mature [enough] to know what they're doing," she said, according to WSVN news.
Columna's Facebook page no longer exists on the site.
When I stand before God..
Under Columna's "About me" section for MySpace he lists several quotes, one which reads:
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me"...