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Sentencing postponed for karate instructor convicted of molestation

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Eric Dylan Protas, 38, pleaded guilty in February to 29 felony charges, including committing lewd acts on a child. Eric Dylan Protas, 38, pleaded guilty in February to 29 felony charges, including committing lewd acts on a child.

EL CAJON (CNS) - Sentencing was rescheduled on Wednesday to May 26 for a karate instructor who carried on a months-long sexual relationship with one of his teenage students.

Eric Dylan Protas, 38, pleaded guilty in February to 29 felony charges, including committing lewd acts on a child.

Protas, of La Mesa, faces a maximum of 48 years in state prison.

The victim - now 14 - testified last October that he had oral and anal sex about 300 times between August 2009 and May 2010 with Protas, the owner-operator of the Allied Gardens School of Martial Arts on Waring Road.

The boy testified that Protas became his instructor in an after-school martial arts program when he was in kindergarten, and he began taking classes at the studio when he was older.

At one point, when he was having trouble at home and school, he confided in Protas, who made him feel better, the boy said. He said that launched a relationship in which they got together nearly every day.

The two began having sex at Protas' house and, if he refused, the defendant would "shut down" emotionally and cry, according to the boy.

Police were called when the teen told his mother what was happening, after he was arrested for shoplifting.

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