HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) – A Washington County judge this week lowered the bail for a Beaverton taekwondo instructor accused of sexually abusing children.
Earlier this month, a Washington County grand jury indicted Shuddhodan Man Ranjit with 12 counts of first-degree sexual abuse and 3 counts of second-degree sexual abuse. His bail was set at $750,000.
According to court documents, investigators have identified 6 separate incidents of sexual abuse and 3 separate victims all under the age of 14 years old.
If convicted on all counts, Ranjit could be sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to court documents.
This week, however, Ranjit was released after Judge Theodore E. Sims lowered Ranjit’s bail to $250,000. Under Oregon law, unless specifically ordered, a person in custody only has to post 10% of their bail in order to be released. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office confirms Ranjit posted $25,000 on Nov. 22.
Washington County Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown, who is prosecuting the case, wrote in court documents that Ranjit is a danger to the public and the families of his alleged victims are “terrified” of him and fear he could harm other children now that he is released.
Not only did Brown oppose release, she asked Sims to increase Ranjit’s bail to $1.5 million.
“He used his position as a taekwondo instructor to enable sexual victimization of these children,” Brown wrote.
After Ranjit was arrested, other children came forward alleging abuse, according to court records.
Ranjit’s criminal defense attorney, Zoe Bayham, wrote in court documents that Ranjit has owned US West Coast Taekwondo for more than 15 years and he is a respected member in the taekwondo community.
“Defendant vehemently denies the allegations set forth in the indictment,” according Bayham’s memo.
Ranjit surrendered to authorities after the indictment was filed. The alleged abuse occurred between 2012 and 2015.
The Washington County Sheriff’s remains concerned there may be additional victims. They’re asking anyone with information to call 503.846.2500