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Karate Teacher Found Guilty

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Karate Teacher John Smith Video: Karate Teacher Found Guilty
Karate Teacher John Smith Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:04:21 +0000 Karate Teacher Found Guilty Karate Teacher John Smith WBRE tough to break 3 ((nick)) guilty as charged. a karate instructor from lackawanna county was convicted late this afternoon of having inappropriate contact with a young boy. jurors returned a verdict in the trial of john smith just before four p-m. eyewitness news reporter eric deabill is live at the lackawanna county courthouse with the details.. eric? ((deabill))nick...john smith was found guilty on all four charges that he faced.they included indecent assault, corruption of minors, simple assault and endangering the welfare of children. ((deabill))john smith was arrested back in january. prosecutors say smith used his martial arts school in clarks summit to have inappropriate contact with a nine-year-old boy.during a two-day trial this week -- that boy took the stand.(mariclare hayes, deputy district attorney)"as a parent myself and as a prosecutor -- to have to put a child that young on the stand was a challenge -- but he did an outstanding job and he was able to stand up ultimately for what was right and the jury believed everything that he had to say"smith was the owner of the serenity martial arts studio on depot street in clarks was here where detectives say he would play "truth or dare" with the boy in a private room.he often dare the boy to take off his clothes -- or be spanked. (michael kostelaba, defense attorney)"we did not believe the evidence supported the verdicts"smith's defense attorney says he is extremely disappointed in the jury's verdict.he says his client maintains his innocence.smith now faces a potential maximum of up to 27 years in jail. prosecutors say they will push for prison time.(michael kostelaba, defense attorney)"i don't know if we'll keep him out but we'll do our best to minimize the damage"this is not the first time john smith was 2005 -- he was charged in a different sex case involving a younger boy. he pleaded guilty to corruption of minors.this time around -- prosecutors say smith abused his position as a karate instructor.(mariclare hayes, deputy district attorney)"he first gained the trust of the child's parents and then he gained the trust of the child himself and then he took advantage of that" ((deabill))john smith was free on bail as his trial began -- but after the verdict came in -- a judge increased that bail to 50-thousand dollars.he wasn't immediately able to post that -- so he was taken off to prison in handcuffs. live in scranton -- eric deabill -- eyewitness news. ((nick)) a sentencing date has not yet been set -- but will most likely happen early next year in

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