Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Bloomfield Public Safety Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced today that the owner and operator of Kokusai Karate Dojo, Edilberto “Eddie” Torres, 56, of East Orange has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, a student at Kokusai Karate Dojo in Bloomfield.
It is alleged that earlier this year, the defendant began repeatedly making inappropriate physical contact with the child, who ultimately reported this to Bloomfield Police.
According to Assistant Prosecutor Jesse Stalnaker, who is handling the case, Torres allegedly made inappropriate contact with the victim’s intimate parts. Torres is scheduled to make his first court appearance today.
The Bloomfield Police Department is requesting any information pertaining to similar incidents at Kokusa Karate Dojo, 19 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, or by this individual. Please contact Captain George Ricci firstname.lastname@example.org or at 973-680-4073.
These charges are accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless or until the defendant either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law. The investigation is active and ongoing.