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Verdict: Craig Peeples sexually abused 4 of his former karate students

Despite the verdict, none of the plaintiffs will receive any monetary compensation.

WOODBINE, Ga. — Craig Peeples was found to have abused four of his seven former students in a civil suit filed by the now adult men, who sued him claiming years of child molestation.

The seven men said he subjected them to years of molestation and abuse as children. The jury hung on two plaintiffs, unable to reach a decision. As for the seventh plaintiff, they found Peeples did not subject him to child sexual abuse.

The jury voted to award punitive damages to four plaintiffs. However, they voted to give them zero in compensatory damages. Georgia law says that punitive damages can only be awarded “in addition to “compensatory damages. Therefore, none of them are getting any money in either compensatory or punitive damages despite the verdict. 

Peeples continues to coach karate at Pak’s Karate in Kingsland, Ga., which he owns.

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