Almanac

News - February 27, 2013

Police seek information about man arrested for alleged molestation

by Sandy Brundage

Police are searching for anyone with more information about a taekwondo instructor at a Redwood City academy who was arrested on suspicion of child molestation late last year, Redwood City police said.

Ralph "Eugene" Todd, 31, of Menlo Park, was taken into custody Dec. 19, 2012, for allegedly fondling a 9-year-old student during a private lesson, police said. He had taught at the Kim's Tae Kwon Do Academy in Woodside Plaza for 12 years.

When police searched his home, they allegedly found child pornography on his computer, according to the San Mateo County district attorney's office, and arrested him again on Feb. 5 on a new charge.

Attorney Ryan McHugh, a former prosecutor representing the defendant, told the Almanac that neither he nor Mr. Todd had any comment at this time.

Police Lt. Sean Hart said on Feb. 20 that investigators have spoken with all of the current students at the academy, but are looking into whether past students may have been abused.

Mr. Todd left custody after posting $100,000 bail. Preliminary hearings on both cases are scheduled for April 10.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding Mr. Todd call Detective Megan Boyajian at the Redwood City Police Department at 780-7138.

— Bay City News contributed to this story.

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