Man accused of assaulting boys released on $10,000 bail


The owner of a Westminster karate instruction business is free on $10,000 bail after being accused of inappropriately touching three boys, two this year and one in 1992, court records show.

Carlos D. Bedoya, 35, of Westminster was charged on three counts each of child abuse and third-degree sexual offense, and two counts of second-degree assault after he was arrested late Friday by investigators from the county's Child Abuse Sexual Assault (CASA) unit.

"We believe there may be more [karate students] and want them to come forward by calling the CASA unit at 410-876-4382," Cpl. Wayne Moffatt said yesterday.

The CASA unit, consisting of investigators from the Maryland State Police and the state's attorney's office, does not name alleged victims of child abuse or sexual assault.

According to investigators, a complaint was received April 18 from an 11-year-old boy concerning an alleged incident the previous week at the karate academy in the 100 block of Old Westminster Pike.

Investigators learned of other similar allegations against Bedoya. One incident allegedly occurred in January at the karate academy and involved a 12-year-old boy, police said. The other also allegedly happened at the academy in August 1992 and involved a 12-year-old boy, now 19, police said.

The earliest alleged incident was investigated by Westminster municipal police in 1992, but no charges were filed, authorities said.

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