A Winnipeg Taekwondo instructor is charged after allegedly sexually assaulting two students.
Last week, Winnipeg police say a former student at Kang’s Taekwondo Academy came forward with allegations dating back to the late 2000s.
The student, whose identity is being protected, alleged that an instructor developed a personal relationship when the student was younger than 16. Police say that relationship escalated to inappropriate touching, then to more serious sexual assault.
The student alleged the assaults happened as frequently as a few times per week and even took place when the instructor drove a group of students to Alberta for a tournament.
The student eventually ended the relationship, and years later came forward to police.
King Yeung, 57, was arrested last week and charged with sexual assault-child abuse, sexual exploitation and interference, corrupting morals and invitation to sexual touching.
Since then, a second former student has come forward with similar allegations, this time dating back to the late 1990s.
The student, who joined the academy when younger than 16, told police they had been sexually assaulted by the same instructor over about six years.
Yeung was rearrested and is facing more charges.
Winnipeg police inspector Kelly Dennison says they want any victim to come forward, no matter how long ago it happened.
“It doesn’t matter if this was yesterday or several, several years ago. Any victim of sexual assault needs to understand there are supports out there for them. And as a police service, it doesn’t matter how old these allegations are, we’re going to investigate them just as if they happened yesterday,” he said.
He says the suspect allegedly violated a position of trust, and his charges reflect that.