Posted On:3/29/2007 10:34pm
Karate instructor arrested for rape\
A karate instructor has been arrested on suspicion of raping one of his students.
Former bouncer Andrew Crawford was released on bail without charge following the allegation and is due to return to Gablecross police station next month.
In 2005 Mr Crawford, 36, a fourth dan in Tae Kwon-Do, kick boxing and Chung Kwon Do, gave lessons in Malmesbury Primary School to help teach youngsters how to fend off bullies.
He also ran the Tae-beck martial arts club at Freshbrook Community Centre before starting a franchise of the Matt Fiddes Martial Arts School on the same site.
He was an instructor in Swindon for a number of years before the allegation, which is being dealt with by Swindon police's child protection unit.
Mr Crawford, who worked as a doorman at Kaos nightclub, in East Street, was arrested on November 14 last year.
The incident is alleged to have taken place between September 1 and November 11.
Mr Crawford was interviewed by police and released on bail pending further inquiries.
He is due to return to Gablecross police station on April 2.
Matt Fiddes, who has turned his martial arts schools into a global brand, said Mr Crawford had been teaching karate at Freshbrook Community Centre for between seven and eight months.
"He owned the franchise, but he no longer works for us any more," Mr Fiddes said. "The police had to inform us there was an allegation."
"He has been teaching in Swindon for many years."
Owning the franchise meant Mr Crawford paid to use the name Matt Fiddes and to use Mr Fiddes' curriculum.
In May 1999 Mr Crawford, then a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon-Do and hapkido, came fifth at the European Martial Arts Open.
Before that he came second in the English Open.
He took up martial arts at the age of five after being bullied at school for being dyslexic.
The obvious. Writer can't tell difference between krotty and TKD.
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Posted On:5/02/2007 5:08pm
Karate instructor appears in court on sex assault charge
By Gazette Reporter
Karate instructor Andrew Crawford has appeared at Swindon Magistrates' Court accused of sexually assaulting one of his child students.
The 36 from Swindon, who once set up a session at Malmesbury Primary School, has been charged with three counts of serious sexual assault against a 15-year-old girl.
The incidents are alleged to have taken place between September 1 and October 31 last year.
Crawford, who wore a dark suit, blue shirt and blue tie, appeared before the deputy district judge yesterday.
The former bouncer spoke only to confirm his name and age at the brief hearing.
He was initially released on bail without charge following the allegations. But he was charged when he returned to the police station earlier this month.
Crawford, who worked as a doorman at Kaos nightclub, ran the Tae-beck martial arts club at Freshbrook Community Centre before starting a franchise of the Matt Fiddes Martial Arts School on the same site.
He is due to appear at Swindon Crown Court on Friday, May 4.
Posted On:5/03/2007 8:31am
Where do you find this stuff? I bet you just go to google and type in "karate+rape".
Posted On:5/03/2007 8:42am
Style: bujinkan budo taijutsu
its a shame though:/ to bad there are instructors like those around.
Posted On:5/03/2007 11:02am
Style: Shotokan Karate
I wish they'd stop describing Korean MA-rapists as "karate instructors". It gives Japanese MA-rapists a bad name.
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