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Inwood Karate Teacher Accused Of Sexually Abusing Girls

May 27, 2018 - 2:18 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An Upper Manhattan karate teacher has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse involving some of his students.

Five girls between the ages of 10 and 14 have filed a complaint against Hector Bencosme, saying he had abused them over a two-month period at his home studio in Inwood.

Sara Vera lives in the next building and thought about signing up her 4-year-old son for lessons.

“It didn’t really look very inviting, I guess,” Vera said. “I was interested in getting him into sports or, like, martial arts, but I never got the chance to inquire about it, and I said I’m glad I did not.”

The Manhattan Special Victims Unit is handling the case.