Beaverton tae kwon do instructor arrested, faces 15 counts of sex abuse
BEAVERTON, Ore. —
A Beaverton tae kwon do instructor turned himself into the Washington County Jail Thursday after he learned a warrant was issued for his arrest relating to multiple sex abuse charges, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.
Shuddhodan Ranjit, 51, faces 15 sexual abuse counts-- 12 in the first degree, three in the second degree.
Under Oregon law, sexual abuse in the first degree indicates the victim, or victims, was younger than 14 years old when the alleged crimes were committed. It's a Measure 11 crime, and if convicted, brings a mandatory minimum sentencing of more than six years per charge.
Washington County sheriff's deputies would not elaborate on the charges, but say the allegations are serious.
KATU learned Ranjit owns US World Class Taekwondo on Southwest Park Way in Beaverton. The alleged sex abuse occurred at the studio, deputies say.
A sign on the front door to the business read, "There will be no class today." The studio is typically open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays.
According to the business' brochure, placed in a slot at the entryway, Ranjit is the studio's Chief Master. He's a certified master instructor with more than 25 years of experience.
Ranjit holds a 6th Degree Black Belt, is an international player, national champion and national coach.
A KATU reporter visited his Washington County home for comment. No one answered the door.
Neighbors told KATU they were surprised to hear of the allegations. They say he is well-respected in the community.
Ranjit is currently held at the Washington County Jail on $750,000 bond.
He is scheduled to appear in Washington County Circuit Court for arraignment Monday afternoon.
Officials are worried there may be more victims. If you have any information, call police.