Va. karate instructor charged with sexual assault of student

A martial arts instructor has been accused of sexually assaulting a student.

Fairfax County police arrested 30-year-old Han Tak on Wednesday. He has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Police told FOX 5 that since Tak has no criminal record and strong community ties, he was allowed to be released on bond. However, all of that could change if more victims come forward.

A mother who has a son who attends Fox Mill Tae Kwon Do in Herndon was shocked about the arrest.

“That's surprises me,” she said. “He doesn't look like that. He's an instructor and he's very nice to them. I don't believe that.”

“I had no clue,” said Tripti Desai. “I have two boys. Both my boys, they go for taekwondo.”

She was picking up her sons from the family-owned business.

“As long as I have talked to him and I have seen him, I found him to be a good guy,” Desai said. “But either than that, I really don't have anything to comment because this is really shocking for me.”

Desai is still deciding if her sons will continue to attend the martial arts center.

“That's a good question, I have no idea,” she said.

By Wednesday night, many parents remained unaware of the incident at Fox Mill Tae Kwon Do.

There was no mention of the incident on the business’s Facebook page. As of Wednesday night, their last post was on May 28.

“If he hasn't been convicted of anything, I guess we can let it play out,” said Herndon resident Will Hamm.

Hamm is willing to wait and see what happens.

“It's been around for as long as I've been here, since like 2000, as far as I'm aware of,” said Hamm, who says there were no red flags.

One parent who refused to talk on camera was quick to rally around Tak called him a stable in the community.

Fairfax Police said they don’t know if there are other victims, but if anyone has any information is asked to call 703-691-2131.

Tak’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

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