Danville karate school owner arrested on sexual misconduct charges

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DANVILLE, Calif. (KRON) – The owner of a karate school in Danville has been arrested for sexual misconduct charges, according to the Danville Police Department.

On Friday, Feb 21. around 12:50 p.m., authorities located 63-year-old Ramon Pruitt from San Geronimo in Oakland.

The arrest comes after police were investigating Pruitt who was accused of sexual misconduct.

He is the owner of Danville Karate International at 105 Town and Country Drive.

On Jan. 14, police say they began the investigation following a report of Pruitt having inappropriate sexual behavior with a student at the studio.

“I noticed the sign on the door for several weeks, so I knew something was going on,” Wisti Quenville said.

All classes have been canceled until further notice.

“It’s a small community so everyone’s gonna know somebody that goes to that karate studio,” Quenville said.

Hairdresser Wisti Quenville says learning of Pruitt’s arrest is upsetting, especially since he’s been teaching for more than a decade.

“If I had anything to do with that karate studio in the last 10, 12, 15 years, I would actually talk to my children. Absolutely don’t think it’s the first time,” Quenville said.

The district attorney’s office filed three felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child against Pruitt on Feb. 20.

A warrant was also issued for his arrest.

Police aren’t revealing the age or gender of the student but are asking any other potential victims to come forward.

“When the police department in Danville receives information like this, we act on it immediately and we try to get to the truth of the matter,” Chief Allan Shields said.

Joel Boquiren had two sons take lessons with Pruitt in years past.

He says the 63-year-old wasn’t aggressive and classes were more fun-based learning.

He also says Pruitt would host movie nights and other weekend trips with the students but his kids never went.

“It just kind of, we thought back to our mind what would have happened if our kids attended that? You know it’s just really shocking,” Boquiren said.

Police say Pruit was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility with a bail of $500,000.

As an investigation continues, Danville Police ask you to contact them at (925) 314-3711 if you have any information.

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