$100K bond set in Taekwondo instructor's sex assault case

A $100,000 bond has been set for a martial arts instructor who is accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

Police charge that Adrian Spellen, 28, assaulted the girl at his Taekwondo school, Powerkicks Martial Arts on 3026 Miller Road in Lithonia.

The alleged assault is believed to have occurred between late May and early June at the martial arts studio, according to investigators.

The victim notified her mother about the alleged assault and the mother took the girl to a hospital and alerted police on June 5, investigators said.

Spellen was taken into custody on June 25.

Community leaders were among the more than 50 people who turned out at the bond hearing Wednesday to support the popular Taekwondo instructor.

State Sen. Donzella James and well-known defense attorney Don Edwards were among those who stood on the courthouse steps to defend Spellen.

Spellen's mother, Donna, said with God's help, she will prove her son's innocence.

She said her son is a pillar in the community and has helped children when no one else would.

Spellen's attorney said police haven’t thoroughly done their homework.

“There's been very little investigation, we believe, by the detective at this point in this case, and we want to get to the bottom of it,” defense attorney Regina Matthews told Channel 2's Tom Jones.

Spellen's bond bans him from contact with his accuser and any minors other than family members. His family said they hope to get him out of jail soon, according to Jones.

According to his website, powerkicksmartialarts.com, Spellen has operated Powerkicks since 2003, has plans to compete in the 2012 Olympics and is a representative of Guyana for the Taekwondo Confederation.

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