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Albert George Williams, 63, of Lake Elsinore was charged with lewd acts on a child and other felonies.
Albert George Williams, 63, of Lake Elsinore was charged with lewd acts on a child and other felonies.

Jury Selections Underway for Trial of Martial Arts Instructor Accused of Molesting Girls


Thursday, November 8th, 2012
Issue 45, Volume 16.
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MURRIETA - Jury selection got underway today for the trial of a martial arts instructor accused of molesting three girls during private lessons at his Lake Elsinore home.

Albert George Williams, 65, could face life in prison if convicted of nine counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, two counts of digital penetration of a child under 10 and one count of witness intimidation.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez summoned several panels of prospective jurors to the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta for screening as to their qualifications and availability.

Opening statements in the case are expected tomorrow.

The defendant was arrested in early November 2012, after a 10-year-old girl told her mother that Williams had allegedly groped her multiple times during a karate lesson in the garage attached to his home in the 15600 block of Laguna Avenue.

According to a trial brief filed by Deputy District Attorney Julie Baldwin, the child told authorities that the defendant had also inserted his fingers into her vagina after getting her into his bedroom on the pretext of helping him with his computer.

Following Williams' arrest, deputies circulated a public notice about the case, asking any other alleged victims to come forward. Two girls did -- both alleging that Williams had molested them during one-on-one karate lessons.

All of the children lived in the defendant's neighborhood, Baldwin said.

According to the prosecutor, Williams used intimidation tactics in an attempt to keep the alleged victims from talking, suggesting that they would be beaten by gang members or worse.

One of them told detectives that "she was fearful of defendant because he would tell her and the other children stories about getting the letter 'S' carved into their faces for snitching," according to the brief.

Just prior to his arrest, Williams also allegedly tried to frighten the father of a child, by saying his son was a gang member who had just been released from prison after serving time for killing several people.

"(Williams) said that if anyone ever hurt him or any of his family members, his son would have his back," the brief states.

Most of the alleged sexual assaults occurred in 2011 and 2012, according to court papers. Due to their ages and the nature of the alleged crimes, all of the victims were identified as Jane Does in the criminal complaint.

Williams remains in custody in lieu of $3 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta. He has a prior sex-related conviction in Los Angeles County, prosecutors said.


Trial Set for Martial Arts Instructor Accused of Molesting Girls

MURRIETA - A Dec. 2 trial date was confirmed today for a martial arts instructor facing a dozen felony charges for allegedly molesting three girls during private lessons in Lake Elsinore.

Albert George Williams, 64, of Lake Elsinore could face life behind bars if convicted of nine counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, two counts of oral copulation of a minor and one count of witness intimidation.

During a status conference at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark scheduled Williams' trial for early December after the prosecution and defense agreed to make every effort to be prepared by that time.

Williams is being held in lieu of $3 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center. He has been in custody since his arrest last Nov. 3 and has changed attorneys at least twice since that time.

An investigation began following allegations made by an 8-year-old girl, who received one-on-one training at Williams' house in the 15600 block of Laguna Avenue.

"The investigation revealed that the victim ... was taking a Taekwondo lesson from Williams in a garage. It was learned that during one of these private sessions, Williams sexually molested the victim," sheriff's Sgt. Todd Pauling alleged previously.

The defendant was interviewed and booked into jail the same day.

According to the criminal complaint, two additional alleged victims were identified within a couple of weeks of charges being filed in connection with the 8-year-old.

The complaint alleges that one girl, identified only as Jane Doe #2, was molested in January 2011, while Jane Doe #3 was also molested later that same year.

Williams has no prior criminal history in Riverside County, according to court records.


MURRIETA - A martial arts instructor accused of molesting three girls during private lessons must stand trial on a dozen felony charges, a judge ruled today.

Albert George Williams, 63, of Lake Elsinore could face life in prison if convicted of nine counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, two counts of oral copulation of a minor and one count of witness intimidation.

Following a preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Dennis McConaghy ruled there was sufficient evidence to bound Williams over for trial on all counts. McConaghy set a post-preliminary hearing arraignment in the case for June 17 and left the defendant's bail at $3 million. Williams is being held at the Southwest Detention Center.

The defendant was arrested last Nov. 3 following an investigation into his alleged contact with an 8-year-old girl, whose identity was withheld, at his house in the 15600 block of Laguna Avenue.

"The investigation revealed that the victim ... was taking a Taekwondo lesson from Williams in a garage. It was learned that during one of these private classes, Williams sexually molested the victim," sheriff's Sgt. Todd Pauling alleged. The defendant was interviewed and booked into jail the same day.

According to the criminal complaint, two additional alleged victims were identified within a couple of weeks of charges being filed in connection with the 8-year-old. The complaint alleges that one girl, identified only as Jane Doe #2, was molested in January 2011, while a second girl, identified only as Jane Doe #3, was also molested later that same year. Williams has no prior convictions in Riverside County, according to court records.


MURRIETA - A martial arts instructor who allegedly molested three girls during private lessons pleaded not guilty today to lewd acts on a child and other felony charges.

Albert George Williams, 63, of Lake Elsinore could face more than 50 years in prison if convicted of nine counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, two counts of oral copulation of a minor and one count of witness intimidation. Williams appeared with his attorney before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michael Rushton, who set a Jan. 4 felony settlement conference and left the defendant's bail set at $3 million.

The defendant was arrested Nov. 3 following an investigation into his alleged contact with an 8-year-old girl, whose identity was withheld, at his house in the 15600 block of Laguna Avenue. "The investigation revealed that the victim ... was taking a Taekwondo lesson from Williams in a garage. It was learned that during one of these private classes, Williams sexually molested the victim," sheriff's Sgt. Todd Pauling said.

The defendant was interviewed and booked the same day into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta. According to an amended criminal complaint, two additional alleged victims were identified within a couple of weeks of charges being filed in connection with the 8-year-old. The complaint alleges that one girl, identified only as Jane Doe #2, was molested in January 2011, while a second girl, Jane Doe #3, was also molested later that same year. Williams has no prior convictions in Riverside County, according to court records.


Martial Arts Instructor Accused of Molesting Student

MURRIETA - A martial arts instructor who allegedly sexually molested a student during a private lesson was charged today with lewd acts on a child and other felonies. Albert George Williams, 63, of Lake Elsinore was arrested Saturday following an investigation into his alleged contact with an 8-year-old girl, whose name was not released. Along with the lewd acts allegation, Williams is charged with oral copulation of a minor and witness intimidation. He could face more than 10 years in prison if convicted. During an initial public hearing today before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michael Rushton at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Williams was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail. Arraignment is set for Nov. 27. Williams remains held at the Southwest Detention Center. According to sheriff's Sgt. Todd Pauling, investigators were alerted Saturday to a possible child molestation at Williams' house in the 15600 block of Laguna Avenue. "The investigation revealed that the victim ... was taking a taekwondo lesson from Williams in a garage," Pauling said. "It was learned that during one of these private classes, Williams sexually molested the victim." Williams was interviewed and booked the same day into jail. According to court records, Williams has no prior convictions in Riverside County.


 

8 comments

Comment Profile ImageGavin
Comment #1 | Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm
dude that is not right what u did ur a disgrace to all of the martial artists out there. martial arts is supposed to be used to protect people and to do good, what u did is u set a bad example out there for all of those people that want to learn how to defend themselves. I feel extremly bad for the girl no one should be experiencing that. I have a saying for the so called instructor ''THE WISE ONE SETS AN EXAMPLE TO ALL'' and secondly why are u teaching classes in a garage, that is the worse place to ever teach u need to teach in a place that have space. I am a martial artist myself and if I saw someone in trouble iI would help them not hurt or take advantage in them. once again the martial arts is is used to protect people not harm them, it makes me sick when I hear these kinds of stories and for the 8 year old I feel bad 4 u. Choose ur school wisely and before u sign up do some reasearch of other schools in your areea and get rates and a backround check and where were the parents some one should have stayed with the girl no one should leave a girl alone , it doesn't mater who it is especially if u dont know that person.
Comment Profile ImageDan Murray
Comment #2 | Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 5:39 am
It is important to perform a proper background check on adults who will be working with children.
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Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #3 | Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 8:45 am
If you really want to keep children safe than you need to demand first time offenders are locked up for good.
Comment Profile ImageWilby
Comment #4 | Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm
I've said this many times already. Preston is absolutely correct. Molesters should be locked up for life with the first offense. There is no rehabilitation of these people, none. We've seen this time and time again. It is also true that most first time molesters do not have a criminal record. Again, molestation or rape of any person if found guilty, should be given life in prison that's the only answer.
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #5 | Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm
Who is stupid enough to leave their preteen daughters alone with a 60+ year old who is "supposed" to be teaching "private" martial arts classes in a garage? Just how stupid are people?
Comment Profile ImageWilby
Comment #6 | Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:36 am
Reality Checker #5 pretty stupid
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook res.
Comment #7 | Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:17 am
Put him away and charge the parents too. A good parent would never leave an 8 year old girl alone with a man.
Comment Profile ImageIgnorance is a spreading Disease
Comment #8 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm
Why would you be talking about children and parents hopefully neither of you have any children, and never experience something like this obviously trust no one, neighbor or church member for that fact ...

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