Erik Chen, a former taekwondo instructor, arrested on charges of child sexual exploitation in Aurora, Douglas County

A former taekwondo instructor from Denver has been arrested on suspicion of sexually exploiting children at taekwondo camps he oversaw throughout Aurora and Douglas County.

Erik Chen, 31, was arrested in Aurora on July 7 by Castle Rock detectives, who worked alongside Aurora police and the United States Secret Service, to make the apprehension. Chen is suspected of having committed multiple crimes when he ran camps in Aurora and Douglas County as an instructor at Han Lee’s Taekwondo Academy.

The Castle Rock Police Department has identified several juvenile victims, however, detectives believe there could be others. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Castle Rock Police tip line at 720-733-3517 or email [email protected]

Police believe Chen’s activities covered the time period from early 2019 to early 2021. The academy’s owner is working with law enforcement in an attempt to identify additional victims from the Castle Rock and Aurora business locations.

Chen is being held at the Douglas County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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