Karate instructor faces third child sex assault charge

Richard Griffin mugshot
Richard Griffin

WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — Another charge has been filed against a karate instructor accused of sexually assaulting one of his students.

Richard Dale Griffin, 60, originally faced two counts of sexual assault of a child. A third charge was added later. He was able to post bond and was released from jail Aug. 3 as he awaits trial.

The alleged victim is an underage girl and was a student at the Kim Soo Karate dojo where Richard Griffin was the master instructor. Court documents showed Griffin groomed his victim with gifts.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Griffin gave the girl a cellphone, money and other gifts during the alleged sexual relationship which went back two and a half years. He also made a marriage proposal according to the girl who also told investigators Griffin began pursuing her following his divorce. The allegations include Griffin picking the girl up from school and that sometimes she would skip school to spend more time with him.

Investigators say the girl chose to end the relationship in May and ultimately told her parents about it last week.

“…she can’t remember how many times the two had sexual intercourse however can remember the places,” the affidavit reads. The girl went on to list the locations which included her home, Griffin’s home and the Kim Soo Karate studio.

If found guilty, he faces between 2-20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each of the charges.

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