Courtroom drama for Harlingen karate instructor
Tue, 20 Jul 2010 15:26:51 GMT —
A jailed Harlingen karate instructor broke the silence after being denied bond during a court hearing at the Cameron County Jail.
A Cameron County grand jury indicted USA Knights karate studio owner Carlos Anderson in the case back in June.
Anderson is facing indecency with a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child charges for alleged acts with female students.
The 39-year-old karate instructor was considered a fugitive in the case after he failed to appear at a June 29th arraignment in state district court.
Anderson surrendered at the Cameron County Jail on Monday afternoon and appeared before Magistrate Judge Luis Saenz.
Judge Saenz arraigned Anderson for the indictment and a 2007 hot check case.
Anderson was visibly upset after being denied bond and broke the silence.
The jailed karate instructor said he's not guilty and called the proceedings a "travesty."
Anderson said it's not fair to be denied bond for not surrendering when authorities didn't notifiy him properly.
He said authorities sent notice about the indictment and court proceedings to an address that was incorrect and seven years old.
Harlingen Police Chief Danny Castillo sent out a statement about the case on Monday.
Castillo said the Cameron County District Attorney's Office notified police department administrators about the indictment one day after the grand jury met and indicted Anderson.
Anderson is married to Harlingen Police Lt. Miryam Anderson but Chief Castillo said the case was eventually turned over to the Texas Rangers for investigation.
Castillo said in a written statement that the case does not compromise Lt. Anderson's work or the police department's work.