Detectives learned Chen multiple times left his backpack in a changing room or restroom with the cell phone recording in a side pocket. September 16, 2023 at 6:05 p.m. A former taekwondo instructor who taught in Aurora and Douglas County has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of the sexual exploitation of a child.
Erik Chen, 32, was charged in July 2022 after children reported him for recording them in restrooms and changing rooms and police found CDs and DVDs with “hundreds of thousands of images of child pornography depicting girls believed to be between the ages of 8 and 12,” according to a news release from the 18th Judicial District.
Chen ran summer camps at Han Lee’s Taekwondo Academy in Aurora and Lone Tree, and victims reported him recording them at recreation centers in Castle Rock and Lone Tree. Chen pleaded guilty in March to the three charges. headtopics.com
“This defendant preyed on innocent, young children who trusted him as a camp leader,” Zoe Laird, senior deputy district attorney, said in the new release. “I hope this sentence provides some sense of closure for his victims and at a minimum it ensures the defendant won’t be able to victimize and exploit other children in our community while he serves his sentence in prison.”
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