Area kung fu instructor given 8 year prison sentence
From Staff Reports
On March 16, area resident Ricky Earl Anderson, 48 was sentenced by a Collin County jury to eight years in prison for sexual assault of a child following a jury trial in the 199th District Court of Collin County announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis Friday. The trial began on March 12 and concluded March 16.
Anderson, a kung fu instructor, sexually assaulted one of his female kung fu students in his Richardson apartment on Feb. 15, 2004. The victim was 15-years-old at the time of the crime, and under Texas law, a child under the age of 17 cannot consent to sexual contact with an adult. The victim out-cried to Garland Police Detective Curtis Hale in July 2007. Hale investigated the case and coordinated the filing of the case through the Richardson Police Department.
Testimony showed that Anderson, who had conducted many kung fu classes over the years, lived and, or taught kung fu in recent years in Garland, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Royce City, Las Vegas, and Ft. Worth.
John Schomburger, first assistant district attorney for the Collin County Criminal District Attorney said there was a second underage female who came forward with allegations against Anderson and was "part of the same trial, but it's another case," however he was acquitted on that sexual assault charge.
Anderson will have to register as a sex offender for life. The jury also found Anderson guilty of a second charge of indecency of a child regarding the same victim. The jury placed Anderson on ten years' probation for the second charge. Anderson, though, must immediately begin his prison sentence. He will have to remain in prison for at least half of the eight year prison sentence before being eligible for any parole.
Joe Harn, the public information officer for the Garland Police Department said when the classes began they were held in facility in North Garland and were moved to a work out facility at an apartment complex in Richardson. He also added that, to his understanding, Anderson taught the classes independently.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Paul Anfosso and Deborah B. Harrison. Retired State District Court Judge Keith Dean presided over the case.