Details Emerge in Redwood City Tae Kwon Do Child Molestation Case

Details of what the victim allegedly did to his 9-year-old victim were revealed in court this week.

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office revealed some details of the child molestation case against a Redwood City tae kwon do instructor Thursday.

Ralph Eugene Todd III, of Menlo Park, appeared in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing of the charges against him.

Todd was reportedly employed as an instructor at Tae Kwon Do Academy in Woodside Plaza in Redwood City. 

His victim, a 9-year-old boy, reported that, on Dec. 17, 2012, he was alone in the studio with Todd during a lesson when Todd told him to stop what he was doing because "he was not doing the moves properly."

At that point, Todd reportedly grabbed the child's genitals.

Later in the lesson, Todd reportedly fondled the child's genitals "skin to skin."

At the end of the lesson, the child's father picked him up and "the victim tearfully told his father what had happened," the DA's Office said.

The child's father immediately called the police, and Todd was arrested.

Todd appeared in San Mateo County Court in Redwood City Wednesday. His defense attorney, Ryan McHugh, requested a continuance of the preliminary hearing, however, and it was rescheduled to April 10.

Meanwhile, Todd is out of custody on $100,000 bail.

The Redwood City Police Department is investigating whether there may be more victims in this case. Anyone who has any information should contact Redwood City Police Detective Megan Boyajian at 650-780-7138.

How do you feel about Todd being out on bail, after the charges brought against him? Tell us in the comments below.



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Dora February 22, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I think he should be lock up, and those kind of people shouldn't get a second chance therefore; that M.F should be in jail. Until, I here he's in jail I'm not going near their either.
Jenny Redo February 22, 2013 at 06:58 PM
It is absolutely horrible. I am so glad the child had the courage to talk to his dad right away. For the record, we (my family) attend this studio and I wanted to let "Early Morning Reader" and "Dora" know that he was replaced in December.
Andrew B February 22, 2013 at 09:01 PM
I am glad he is no longer teaching. My attended a few years back. He was very creepy. We, along with other parents, expressed concern about him to Master Kim. Kim did nothing. We were compelled to leave. Master Kim protected him.
Victor February 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Good to know about him being replaced, now I just hope he gets what's coming to him. Thanks!
Lisa Carlos February 23, 2013 at 07:42 PM
it is unfortunate that our Sheriff in the County of San Mateo decided it was okay to dismantle our sexual predator unit to fund instead his j"jail planning unit" a few years back. There was a huge report on this topic by the San Mateo Civil Grand Jury. Google it or see this article: http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_15517768 If we actually had fulltime people assigned to such a unit maybe predators would think twice about locating themselves in this area. There is new Measure A dollars that could now fund such a unit. I encourage concerned Redwood City parents to write your new County Superivor, Warren Slocum, to get it reinstated.


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