Braintree karate instructor accused of sexual assault
BRAINTREE, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Braintree karate instructor accused of sexually assaulting one of his students pleaded not guilty on Monday.
Kevin Carmichael, 40, has been a black belt for 15 years. He was arrested by Braintree police on Saturday. Carmichael faces charges including indecent assault on a child under the age of 14.
Prosecutors told a judge that they believe the victim was a 10-year-old girl. Investigators said the alleged assault took place several months ago during a private 30-minute lesson.
The girl allegedly told her mother Carmichael sexually assaulted her. A prosecutor said Carmichael told investigators the incident was an accident that happened during a training game he calls belt tag -- he and the girl fell down together during the exercise at his Masters Self Defense karate school. Prosecutors said Carmichael apologized to the girl, but never told her parents.
“He explained that the two were playing a game of belt tag and the purpose of that game was a training exercise,” said prosecutor Sarah Lelle.
Carmichael teaches several after-school karate programs around the area. His lawyer said the married father of five, including three stepchildren, has no prior record.
“He adamantly denies these charges,” said defense attorney Diane Jeffers.
While leaving court, Carmichael’s wife told 7News he did nothing wrong.
“I trust that my husband is innocent,” said Carmichael’s wife. “My husband is innocent. That’s my side of the story.”
Carmichael’s posted his $2,500 bail and was ordered Carmichael to stay away from the alleged victim, her family, and other children under age 18.
Braintree police said their investigation is ongoing.