Hanover taekwondo instructor arrested on sex abuse charges

The owner of a taekwondo studio in Hanover was arrested Tuesday by Anne Arundel County Police on sexual abuse charges.

The allegations against Steve Choi, 42, stem from an investigation of his conduct with a 17-year-old student who told authorities she had been sexually abused by the taekwondo instructor on multiple occasions starting when she was 14, according to a news release from the department.


Choi, a West Friendship resident who owns Lion Choi’s Taekwondo studio in Hanover, faces multiple felony counts including a third-degree sex offense, sexual abuse of a minor and two child pornography offenses.

Police began investigating the matter in October 2021, and applied for a warrant in July. Choi was arrested on Tuesday and later released after posting a $50,000 bond, according to court records.


Detectives wrote in charging papers that Choi made promises to the girl, and said that if she told anyone about the encounters “she would ruin his life.”

Investigators seized his cellphone, noting in charging papers that Choi would often exchange text messages with the girl. Choi declined to speak with detectives, police wrote.

Choi was represented by Baltimore attorney Andrew C. White during an initial hearing, but did not have a lawyer listed in court records. White did not return a call to comment on the matter.

Police urge anyone with information on any incidents involving Choi to contact the Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit at 410-222-4733.