Karate school owner denies molestation accusations

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Karate school owner Craig Peeples said Monday he did nothing wrong, responding to accusations made by six former students who said he molested them.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation questioned the students who are now adults. Some of the accusations and alleges incidents date back to the late 1980s.

The allegations include oral sodomy and viewing pornography.

"I am just hoping to get my life back together and move on." said Peeples from Pak's Karate located outside Kingsland.

District Attorney Jackie Johnson who reviewed the evidence in a letter to the GBI said "while there is sufficient evidence to proceed with criminal charges ... the state would be barred by the applicable statute of limitations."

Those limitations end seven years after an alleged victim turns 16. In this investigation, the youngest victim turned 16 in 2000.

Peeples said the past seven months have been a nightmare.

"All I know it is misguided people who are making false accusations ... I am sure financial ago had to be something to do with it."

None of the alleged victims could be reached for comment. Attorney Marci Hamilton says there will be a news conference in Atlanta on Thursday addressing the investigation.


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