Parents: Karate instructor accused of sex crimes demands payment

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by Cory Stark / News 4 and Ruella Rouf/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 14 at 4:31 AM

(KMOV) – Parents told News 4 a Metro East karate instructor accused of sex crimes is trying to charge them for taking their children out of the academy he runs

Tony E. Harris Jr., 32, is owner and instructor at Invictia Martial Arts Academy in O’Fallon, IL. In April, 2013, Harris was charged with three counts of criminal sexual assault for allegedly sexually abusing a female student and is still in jail.

Parents who want to take their children out of the academy claim an email was sent by Harris Tuesday demanding parents pay a fee for ending their contract with the academy. In his email, Harris allegedly demands that parents pay 33 percent of the remainder on their contract or pay $500 by Wednesday to close out the contract.

If the contract is not closed out, the credit card on file will continue to be charged. Parents said the contracts with the academy are for three years, and many pay around $200 each month.

There is a question as to who sent the email because Harris is still incarcerated, but parents say that they will fight if Harris legally tries to seek payment.

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