$25M bail for Poway karate instructor accused of sex with minor
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POWAY (CNS) - The owner of a Poway karate studio is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of having unlawful sex with a girl over a three-year period.
Josh Thomas Churchill is the owner and operator of United Studios Self Defense Karate Studio, located at 13331 Poway Road.
Churchill, 31, was ordered held on $25 million bail following his arrest Thursday on suspicion of 500 charges, including oral copulation, sodomy and lewd acts on a child, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
He is accused of having unlawful sex with the girl at various locations, including the karate studio, sheriff's Lt. Jeffrey Duckworth said.
Duckworth said investigators know of one victim and are asking other possible victims to come forward if they have information.