LAKE IN THE HILLS, Ill. — Parents attended an emergency meeting Friday night after a martial arts teacher at a Northwest suburban taekwondo academy was arrested earlier this week and charged with several counts of child pornography.
The meeting took place at Ha’s Taekwondo Academy on Randall Road in Lake of the Hills, where 29-year-old Allen Nguyen worked before being arrested Tuesday morning by the Huntley Police Department.
According to Ha’s, the meeting was an opportunity for parents to express their concerns as the martial arts school emphasizes its commitment to regaining the community’s trust by bringing in a professional to review safety practices in place, and implementing new security programs.
Huntley police said Nguyen is facing four felony counts of possession of child phonography after the department completed a four month investigation into the matter, but police also said the arrest bears no connection to the martial arts school.
According to a sign on the front door of Ha’s Taekwondo, the business is closed through Tuesday, Oct. 31.
A letter issued by the martial arts school to concerned parents said in part, “The recent arrest of our former employee, Allen Nguyen, has left the staff and families of Ha’s Taekwondo completely devastated. Mr. Nguyen does not have a previous criminal record and there have been no warning signs. At this time, we have no indication from police that our school has been involved in any of Mr. Nguyen’s personal actions.”
Nguyen is currently being housed at the McHenry County Jail, where he awaits his next court date.