Orlando Karate instructor accused of sending inappropriate messages to boy, age 11

Stephanie_Figueroa2_1466476403560_40750838_ver1.0_640_480Stephanie Figueroa, a 21-year old Orlando karate instructor, was arrested and faces charges of attempted lewd or lascivious conduct, solicitation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, showing a minor obscene material, and child abuse.

The mother of an 11 year old student at Next-Gen Xtreme Martial Arts in south Orlando told the police that she found sexually inappropriate messages from Figueroa on her son’s phone. The boy said that Figueroa had sent him lewd messages and nude photos of herself, including pictures of her “private parts” through a messaging app called “Kik.”  The boy told the police that Figueroa’s advances began in February. He told the police that one time, when they were alone in the office of the karate school, she put her hand on his leg and claimed that she wanted to cuddle and kiss him.  The police are looking investigating whether there are other victims.

This is the latest in a disturbing trend in which adults are accused of using smart phone apps to engage in sexually inappropriate contact with minors. Parents should be vigilant in supervising their children’s use of such devices and be particularly suspicious of any adults who attempt to contact their children via social media.

Our attorneys are experienced in representing victims of child sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. If you or someone you know was a victim of child sexual abuse, please contact our law firm at (954) 524-2820 or send an email to sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz at [email protected].

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