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Police: Karate teacher sexually abused 14-year-old student

October 6, 2018

OAKDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island karate teacher has been arrested on charges he sexually abused a 14-year-old student last month.

Michael Carretto was arraigned Friday on misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say the 26-year-old Ronkonkoma man taught the girl at Dragon’s Gate Martial Arts Academy in Oakdale.

Carretto is being held on $3,500 bond, or $1,500 cash bail. His public defender couldn’t immediately be reached.

Dragon’s Gate’s owner says the alleged abuse didn’t happen there, but that he’s “appalled and concerned” by the allegations.

Owner Michael Iannone says Carretto no longer works at the school.

Suffolk County police say they want to hear from anyone else who could be a potential victim.

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