Martial arts instructor charged in Edmonton with sexual assault

The Edmonton Police Service has charged Kevin Ford, 47, in connection with sexual assaults that reportedly occurred at an Edmonton martial arts school between 2015 and 2017.

In 2018, two females, aged 19 and 25, came forward to report they were sexually assaulted by Ford, an instructor at the ATA Martial Arts School in Edmonton’s west end. During several classes and individual training sessions, the females reported experiencing sexually motivated touching from Ford that was not consistent with martial arts training. In addition to teaching at the school, ATA Martial Arts has been owned and operated by Ford since 2003.

“The complainants reported that, due to Ford’s position of authority at the school, they felt pressured into situations that they were not comfortable with,” says Acting Staff Sgt. Richard Windover with the EPS West Division Criminal Investigations Section.

“We believe that others may have information that would assist the investigation and encourage them to contact us.”

On Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, Kevin Ford, 47, was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation and sexual assault(x2).

In the interest of public safety, police are releasing a photo of Ford and are encouraging any additional complainants or witnesses to come forward.The Edmonton Police Service can be contacted at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

Emmy Skylar

Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News.  She covers politics and the economy.

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