Deputies: Two more victims accuse Beaverton taekwondo instructor of sexual abuse
BEAVERTON, Ore. – A Beaverton taekwondo instructor was arrested again Sunday on four counts of sex abuse after Washington County deputies say two more victims came forward.
Investigators say both victims were students at 51-year-old Shuddhodan Ranjit’s taekwondo studio.
He’s facing two new charges of first-degree sexual abuse and two new charges of second-degree sexual abuse.
In November 2017, Ranjit pleaded not guilty to 15 counts of sex abuse.
According to court documents, Ranjit inappropriately touched three girls over the span of three years on separate occasions from 2012 to 2015. All victims were under the age of 14 when the alleged abuse occurred, the Washington County District Attorney's Office said.
The alleged abuse occurred at US World Class Taekwondo West Slope, Ranjit's former studio, located at 8907 S.W. Canyon Road in Portland.
Since the allegations surfaced, Ranjit relocated to the Park Way location.
Ranjit was released from jail a few weeks after he was arrested. His bail was $250,000.
Karen Corban, family support intake supervisor at the Children’s Center in Oregon City, works with kids who are often victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. She says it can sometimes take years for children to disclose abuse, fearing shame, embarrassment and ridicule.
"They hold it inside until, sometimes things happen to other kids and that gives them the place to talk about it," Corban told KATU. "Or sometimes they just got to the point where they will be OK to talk about it."
Detectives say they are investigating new leads, and believe there are additional victims. They say it is best for parents to stay away from leading questions and refrain from using someone's name.
"I always tell parents, don’t get hung up on the right words to say, especially if you’ve never done this before," Corban said. "Kids have different personalities, depending how old they are. ... Say, 'Hey, if anything has ever happened to you or if there is anything that you want to tell me, I am here to listen and help you.'"
Corban says it may take a few attempts, and always reassure them that it is not their fault.
"Things like this happen," she said. "It is an opportunity for parents to check-in with their kids."
Corban says abuse can have lasting impacts on children. She recommends having children medically checked, and then referred to counseling or therapy for ongoing treatment.