Martial arts instructor indicted on more than a dozen sex charges involving teenage student

A martial arts instructor accused of sexually assaulting his 13-year-old student has been indicted on more than a dozen charges.

John Townsend III, 29, of Vandalia, is facing 10 counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony, and five counts of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report.

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The alleged incidents took place between Jan. 9 and May 10 and was investigated by Vandalia police, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

A warrant has been issued for Townsend’s arrest. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 30.

We are working to learn more and will update this story as more information is available.

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