4 EXCLUSIVE: New charges for ex-Harlingen karate teacher in California
Wed, 07 May 2014 03:00:22 GMT —
In January 2012, Carlos Anderson walked out of a Cameron County courtroom a free man.
"I've waited to be vindicated and now Jesus allowed that to happen," he told Action 4 News back then.
Acquitted of charges he sexually abused 3 female teenage karate students, the former Harlingen instructor closed his business on Jackson Street and left the public eye.
But the silence regarding Anderson wouldn't last long.
The 43-year-old has been implicated in numerous alleged cases of sexual abuse involving students in California where he moved to following his acquittal.
Fresno police say in June of 2012, 5 months after a jury found him not guilty in the Rio Grande Valley, 3 alleged victims claimed he inappropriately touched them during karate classes at Top Kick Karate.
But the case involving children ages 11 and under didn't lead to an arrest.
Anderson would be jailed though less than a year and a half later.
Fresno PD charged him in November 2013 with 1 count of sexual battery and 3 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a juvenile under age 14.
Sergeant Jaime Rios says a 12-year-old female from Top Kick Karate accused him of hugging, grabbing, squeezing and touching her chest and private areas multiple times while attending his classes.
A mother of a former alleged victim in the Harlingen case says her daughter has been asked by the Fresno County District Attorney's Office to testify against Anderson in this latest case.
Action 4 News does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault and won't release the mother's name.
She says a guilty man was set free and questions whether these newest cases could have been avoided.
The DA's office wouldn't confirm that are calling her testify but did say they are moving forward with a pre-trial hearing against Anderson at the end of the month on May 29th.
Action 4 News is working to identify Anderson's attorney to obtain a comment regarding the latest criminal troubles.