Former Aikido instructor indicted on child porn charges
A San Luis Obispo man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts related to possession and distribution of child pornography.
Bruce Klickstein, 59, was arrested last week by FBI special agents, and after a brief court appearance Thursday, was released to home detention pending a hearing Aug. 6.
Klickstein was identified as a possible suspect after an undercover investigation by Arroyo Grande police in 2012. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the man's home and discovered at least one computer containing what authorities allege is child pornography.
A grand jury subsequently indicted Klickstein for possession, distribution and receipt of child pornography, and he faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted on all charges. He is charged with two distribution counts and one of possession.
Bruce Klickstein was a high ranked and influential Aikido instructor and author of "Living Aikido"
Any info regarding the results of the Aug. 6 court hearing will be welcome.
I'm shifting this to MABS, because of the serious nature of the alleged conduct.
Just doing some quick googling, it appears that this isn't the first time there have been concerns of this type. Aikiweb has a post from September of 2011 mentioning this individual and concern that he was teaching again after being suspended for sexual abuse of some sort with girls from the children's class...
Bruce Klickstein Teaching Again?
Saito Sensei Memorial Seminar
A friend made me aware of an event planned for 2012 honoring Saito Sensei. Listed amongst the instructors is Bruce Klickstein. Klickstein was the senior American student of Saito Sensei but lost his rank and was informally (as opposed to legally) banned from teaching for a ten year history of abusing young girls in his children's classes. Unlike John Lamont, who actually went to jail for this crime, Klickstein got off because the prosecutors wouldn't take it to court. This was before all the Catholic Priest abuse scandals came to light and the public sensitivity to these issues was different. Today, I believe he would have had a legal comeuppance.
Despite the lack of a satisfactory through the justice system, I believe that the Aikido community, just as it did back then, should continue to enforce its own ethical standards and not allow this man to teach at all, much less appear alongside an array of highly respected representatives of our community. The events were so long ago now that folks seem to have forgotten them... younger folks may never have heard the story at all.
Saito Sensei was a giant in Aikido history. It is a dishonor to an event that is intended to honor the man if a predator like this is accepted back into the Aikido fold. Anyone who knows personally any of the teachers scheduled to appear alongside Klickstein should make it clear to them that it hurts their good names to allow this man to teach alongside them. It is wrong and should not happen.
George S. Ledyard Aikido Eastside Bellevue, WA Aikido Eastside
The AikiWeb thread Keslet is linking to won't open for me -- and I'm an AikiWeb member. I'm going to assume, therefore, that others are going to have trouble getting into it, too. Here is another, very current, AikiWeb thread about the same story, with a lot of contributions from the aforementioned George Ledyard.
Thanks, the other link must just be dead...
Originally Posted by OwlMatt