Crime

Owner of Broward Jui Jitsu studio molested teen girls, police say

Joao Da Silva, who owns Raiva Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 8234 State Road 84, was arrested Aug. 21, 2018.
Joao Da Silva, who owns Raiva Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 8234 State Road 84, was arrested Aug. 21, 2018. CBS4

The owner of a Broward Jiu-Jitsu studio was arrested Tuesday and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation after detectives say he touched the breasts of at least three teenage girls who attended classes.

Joao Da Silva, who owns Raiva Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 8234 State Road 84, was led out of the Davie police department Tuesday afternoon in handcuffs. The 34-year-old kept his head down and refused to speak to reporters.

According to Da Silva’s arrest report, the department was notified in June of the alleged abuse.

“Within the past three years three juvenile victims ages 17, 15, 13 were a victim of lewd acts by a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor,” a detective wrote in the report.

Davie Det. Vivian Gallinal told reporters Tuesday the girls were “inappropriately touched.”

“It was not accidental or during the course of instruction,” Gallinal said.

The incident involving the 17-year-old, the detective said, happened in Hollywood. The other two incidents happened in Davie.

On Wednesday, Hollywood police said Da Silva faces an additional charge of sexual assault on the 17-year-old victim after an incident on Hollywood Beach.

According to an arrest report, the 17-year-old girl told detectives they were on a field trip to the beach and she was in the ocean with Da Silva and two younger campers when they started talking about a guy she was dating.

“Da Silva told her that he had to teach her what to do with a guy,” the detective wrote in the report. “Da Silva told her to move the bottom of her bathing suit so he would show her how she had to be positioned....Da Silva moved [the girl’s] bathing suit bottom to expose her vagina.”

The teen then told detectives that Da Silva “placed his penis on her vagina, causing a union but [the girl] said he never penetrated her.”

The girl was then able to get out of the water, she told detectives.

In another alleged incident, the 13-year-old told Davie detectives she had been attending the school for three years. She said Da Silva “touched her breast...under her bra with his hands and fingers directly touching her skin.”

She said Da Silva did this about three times a week since she was 10, according to the report.

“Juvenile 1 stated that her nipples actually hurt the rest of the day after one of the incidents,” the detective wrote.

The 15-year-old victim had a similar story. She told detectives she also had been attending the studio for three years and was in the same class. She told detectives that about two weeks ago Da Silva “touched her breast under her bra on her skin.”

“He moved his hand and manipulated his fingers,” the detective wrote.

Detectives are asking if anyone else has been a victim or knows any information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

Miami Herald news partner CBS4 contributed to this report.
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