Karate Instructor Gets 200 Years in Prison for Abusing Children in S. California
A California martial arts instructor was sentenced to 200 years to life in prison after he was convicted of nine counts of lewd and lascivious acts on children and other sexual abuse charges, ABC7 reported.
Albert George Williams, 68, was convicted Jan. 19 of the charges, which includes one count of witness intimidation, according to the Jan. 28, ABC affiliate report.
It was reported that a 10-year-old girl told her parents that she was abused by Williams, who was her neighbor and a karate instructor at the time—operating a karate studio from his garage. The incident happened in 2012.
Detectives were then led to other victims of Williams.
In July 2014, he was convicted of the crimes and was sentenced to 150 years to life in prison. He filed an appealed and was granted a retrial, leading to a later sentence of 200 years.
Deputy District Attorney Julie Baldwin said that Williams intimidated victims from talking to their parents, saying they would be beaten up by gang members or worse, Patch.com reported in 2014.
One girl told authorities that “she was fearful of [the] defendant because he would tell her and the other children stories about getting the letter ‘S’ carved into their faces for snitching,” the report said.
Williams also apparently tried to frighten the father of a child, saying that his son was a gang member who had been released from prison and killed several people.
Williams “said that if anyone ever hurt him or any of his family members, his son would have his back,” according to officials in a brief.
Court documents said that the abuse took place between 2011 and 2012.
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