Miami-Dade County

Taekwondo instructor faces additional charges of sexual assault on a minor

Rafael Negron
Rafael Negron

A Taekwondo instructor, previously arrested on charges of engaging in sexual acts with sisters, now faces new charges after another young woman came forward, according to Miami police.

Rafael Negron, 64, who owned RN Taekwondo at 188 NW 36th St., was arrested for a second time Feb. 18 on five counts of sexual battery on a minor by an adult and five counts of engaging in sexual acts with a familial child.

According to a police report, a teenager told detectives that Negron began sexually assaulting her when she was 9 or 10 and continued for about five years. She said she was a student at his school and only four months after she started there, he began performing oral sex on the child, an officer in the report. Over time, he began having sex with her, she told detectives. About two years ago, he began paying her, a detective wrote. At first he gave her $40 and then increased it to $100 a week.

“The family thought she was being paid for teaching the smaller children,” an officer wrote.

She told police what happened after learning Negron was arrested.

Negron was arrested Jan. 1 and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition.

Police say Negron victimized two sisters, who were 10 and 15 at the time. Both girls were students at the school. The mother of the girls called police after seeing inappropriate text messages on her older daughter’s phone.

“The defendant would text her that he felt lonely, inviting her over to his place and asking her to be his baby,” an officer wrote is initial arrest report.

The teen told police that he would touch her, make sexual advances and even offered to be her Sugar Daddy. The younger girl told police that he would touch her genitals through her clothes.

Detectives believe there may be other victims who have still not come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Miami Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at 305-603-6300 or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff