A child molestation case that began nearly a year ago ended with Ralph "Eugene" Todd III, 32, of Menlo Park, pleading no contest on Nov. 7 to felony charges of molestation and possessing child pornography.
The former instructor was arrested on 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.
Ralph "Eugene" Todd III. (Photo: San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.)
Attorney Ryan McHugh, a former prosecutor representing the defendant, first asked the court to dismiss the charges against his client. When San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Barbara Mallach declined to do so, Mr. Todd then pleaded no contest in exchange for a sentence of no more than three years, eight months in state prison.
Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 12.
The court granted the defense request that Mr. Todd be released on his own recognizance, subject to certain conditions -- that no new legal violations be committed; that he cooperate with the probation department as needed; and attend all future court appearances, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Any breach would invalidate the plea bargain and allow the court to impose up to the maximum sentence possible.
These conditions, called "Kemp conditions," are unique to San Mateo County and are named for now retired Judge Margaret Kemp, Mr. Wagstaffe said.
Mr. Todd's attorney was not immediately available for comment.