An Orlando karate teacher sent an 11-year-old boy in her class nude pictures and told him she wanted to have sex with him, police said Monday.
Stephannie Figueroa, 21, faces charges of attempted lewd or lascivious conduct, solicitation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, showing a minor obscene material and child abuse, according to the Orlando Police Department.
“I want to have sex with you,” she told him in one message inviting him to her 21st birthday party, investigators said.
“OK IDC,” the boy replied, using a shorthand for “I don’t care.”
Figueroa told the boy nobody else would be home during the party, according to police. She began making advances on him in February and kept telling him that she liked him, the boy told police. Investigators believe she sent him 15 nude or racy photos.
An image of Figueroa in a red karate uniform above a caption identifying her as a forms and weapons champion could be seen on a poster outside Next-Gen Xtreme Martial Arts on S. Goldenrod Rd. in a WFTV report on Figueroa’s arrest.
A man who identified himself as the owner of the karate school told the TV station he didn’t find any evidence Figueroa may have tried to molest the boy at the facility when he checked his security cameras.
A video posted to YouTube showed Figueroa performing on the “night of champions” at the 2013 International Sport Karate Association’s annual U.S. Open tournament held at Disney World and broadcast nationally on ESPN. She explained how to toss and catch a sword in a video filmed at another tournament.
Figueroa was held without bond in Orange County jail and investigators believe she may have preyed on other children at the karate school, the Sentinel reported. Detectives asked anyone with information to contact the department.