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Officer charged with rape of girl

December 29, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A New York City police officer has been charged with raping a teen student at his martial arts school after leading her to believe it was part of the program, police said.

Middletown police said Trent Young, 39, began having sex with the 15-year-old in 2005. The girl told police she had been a student at Iron Tiger Martial Arts in West Milford, N.J., for a year when Young asked her to sign an oath of obedience.

She told police that Young made her take off her clothes as part of the oath, and then sexually abused her. She said he then told her to get dressed and that the encounter was part of a test. Young then began a sexual relationship with the girl, leading her to believe it was part of the karate school's program, police said.

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