Manhattan karate instructor charged with sex abuse involving female students

INWOOD, Manhattan (WABC) -- Authorities say a karate instructor is in police custody and is being charged with multiple counts of sex abuse involving minors.

In a complaint filed Saturday, five female students ages 10 to 14 reported improper behavior that took place over a two-month period.

The suspect has been identified as 57-year-old Hector Bencosme of Manhattan.

The alleged incidents took place in the Inwood section of Manhattan.


Bencosme is being processed at the Special Victims Unit in East Harlem.

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