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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: September 2, 2011
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County Prosecutorís Office
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Karate school instructor admits sexual assaults
††††††††† Middlesex County First Assistant Prosecutor Julia L. McClure announced today that a karate school teacher has pleaded guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, and, in a separate incident, improperly touching another 16-year-old girl.
Joel A. Levy (DOB 8/22/67) of North Third Avenue, Highland Park, admitted to one count of sexual assault and one count of criminal sexual contact. Levy knew the teenagers before the assaults occurred.
owner of The Family Martial Arts Academy,
pleaded guilty at the Middlesex County Courthouse in
Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus scheduled sentencing for December 16, 2011.
Under the terms of the agreement reached between Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christie L. Bevacqua, and Levyís attorney, Jack Arseneault, Levy will be sentenced to a three-year prison term for both offenses. In addition, he will be required to register with police as a Meganís Law sex offender and will be placed on parole supervision for life.
Levy was charged following an investigation by Investigator Daniel Ruschak and Investigator Lisa Collins, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office, and Detective Nicole Young of the Highland Park Police Department.
addition to working at his karate school, Levy had been employed at