Young Jin Shim, 32, of Roswell, was booked into the Cobb County jail on charges of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, statutory rape and enticing a child in connection to incidents dating back to September 2009, according to Cobb Sheriff’s Office records.
Police said Shim worked as an instructor at Shims Martial Arts Academy of Tae Kwon Do at 2518 East Piedmont Road, just off Sandy Plains Road in Marietta.
According to investigators, a girl told them that she began a relationship with her tae kwon do instructor and that the relationship evolved into a sexual one, with encounters occurring at the academy and at his home in Roswell. Roswell police detectives are assisting with the investigation, Cobb police spokesman Officer Michael Bowman said.
“According to the investigators, we are only releasing that the victim was a juvenile and the investigation is still ongoing,” Bowman said.
According to the company’s website, Shim has owned Shims Martial Arts Academy since 2004 and has a sixth-degree black belt in tae kwon do. He previously worked as an instructor from 1988 to 1999 at the U.S. Tae Kwon Do College, coached and trained Junior Olympic champions, and has “instructed thousands of tae kwon do students,” according to the site.
Shim is being held without bond.