POWAY, Calif. — The owner of a Poway karate studio is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of having unlawful sex with a girl over a three- year period.
Josh Thomas Churchill is the owner and operator of United Studios Self Defense Karate Studio, located at 13331 Poway Road.
Churchill, 31, was ordered held on $25 million bail following his arrest Thursday on suspicion of 500 charges, including oral copulation, sodomy and lewd acts on a child, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
He is accused of having unlawful sex with the girl at various locations, including the karate studio, sheriff’s Lt. Jeffrey Duckworth said.
He was arrested at his home last Thursday without incident.
A parent of one of Churchill’s former students said he was a very good instructor.
“He was very nice, very nice. [He was] very personable. It jsut goes to show you that you never know. You have to really watch out. It’s scary,” Michelle McKown said.
“[Churchill] was an instructor at the studio and in a position of trust so we always encourage from the Sheriff’s Department to make sure that you really know who’s watching your kids,” Lt. Duckworth said.
Duckworth said investigators know of one victim and are asking other possible victims to come forward if they have information.