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September 9, 2015: Taekwondo Instructor Convicted of Child Sex Abuse

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A 50-year-old Las Vegas man was convicted yesterday of sexually abusing female students in California and Nevada, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

After a two-week jury trial, Marc Scott Gitelman (dob 8/20/65) was found guilty of three felony counts: oral copulation of a person under 18, unlawful sexual intercourse and lewd act upon a child in case KA106849.

The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 26 in Department L of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch. Gitelman faces up to four years and eight months in state prison. Gitelman also will have to register as a sex offender for life.

Deputy District Attorney Kelsey McKeever-Unger, who prosecuted the case, said at the time of the crimes, Gitelman was a top ranked Taekwondo instructor. He had his own school and taught at several community centers and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

According to the prosecutor, between 2007 and 2013, Gitelman traveled with students for tournaments throughout California and Nevada.

In May 2010, as well as September and October of 2011, the defendant sexually molested two female students at separate times in Los Angeles County, the prosecutor said. Their ages ranged between 15 and 16 years old.

In January 2014, two of the victims filed a complaint about Gitelman and the sexual abuse with USA Taekwondo, the national governing body for the sport in the United States.

Several months later, the same victims and a third additional victim notified authorities about the sexual assaults. Following the victims’ accounts, authorities located Gitelman in Nevada and he was arrested in connection with the crimes.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victims Bureau.