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Family and colleagues of a martial arts instructor accused of molesting a 6- and a 7-year-old girl said they were in disbelief by his arrest Friday.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children Unit arrested 23-year-old Andrew Jin Kim, an instructor at Oh's Tae Kwon Do in Seminole. He faces two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.
Oh's owner, Richard Oh said he was shocked by Kim's arrest.
"I feel so bad because we teach our students to defend themselves from people like this," Oh explained. "I never thought that my cousin would do anything like this, so you never know who could be, who could do actions like this."
The investigation began in January after a victim told her mom Kim touched her inappropriately while at Oh's. The girl's mom called the sheriff's office.
According to investigators, Kim touched both victims inappropriately while they were undressed, then told the girls to keep it a secret.
"He obviously knew he was doing something wrong," said Cecelia Barreda, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.
Kim was interviewed by detectives February 5 and admitted to the allegations, then arrested. He was held at the Pinellas County Jail.
Meanwhile, parents were reflecting on their own children's experience at Oh's.
"I trust the place a lot, for my kids to come here. I haven't had a bad experience. He has been very, very good," parent of a martial arts student Diana Perez said.
Investigators said the incidents happened between 2014 and 2015.
Detectives believe Kim may have had contact with other children. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective M. Kolenda with the Crimes Against Children's Unit at (727) 582-6200.
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