Croton kung fu instructor convicted of sex assault charges

 

 

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Frank DeMaria (DOB 07/07/43) of 83 Van Cortlandt Avenue, Ossining, New York, was found guilty following a jury trial on all counts in an indictment:

 

·         three counts of Course of Sexual Conduct against a Child in the Second Degree, class “D”    Violent Felonies,

·         two counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, class “D” Felonies,

·         four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, class “A” Misdemeanors,

 

relating to sexual touching involving four female child victims.

 

The defendant is an internationally known grand master instructor who owned and operated a kung fu studio in Croton-on-Hudson, where the victims were students and the incidents took place between November 1,2009 and January 6,2011. 

 

Adults who were observing at the studio initially reported to Croton Police that they saw the defendant take young female students into a corner and observed the defendant’s hips make a gyrating motion. 

 

Female victims told investigators that the defendant instructed them, on more than one occasion, to grab his penis and to squeeze and pull repeatedly.

 

The defendant was arrested by Croton Police on January 14,2011.J 14, 2011.

 

Subsequently three additional victims came forward.

 

The defendant, who was remanded after the verdict, faces a maximum of 7 years in state prison on each of the top counts when sentenced on May 8,2012.

 

Assistant District Attorney Christine Cervasio and Assistant District Attorney Courtney Johnson of the Special Prosecutions Division are prosecuting the case.

 

 

Frank DeMaria