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Poway karate teacher sentenced to four years in state prison

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Poway karate studio owner who had unlawful sex with a girl over a three-year period was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison.

Josh Thomas Churchill, 32, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to charges including lewd act on a child and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. It was not clear how old the victim was when the offenses occurred.

Churchill -- the owner and operator of United Studios Self Defense Karate Studio -- had sex with the girl at various locations, including the karate studio, according to authorities.

The defendant -- a married man who has a black belt in karate -- was originally charged with 52 counts. He was arrested in June.


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