Martial Arts Instructor Charged with Sexual Abuse

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

Closed for a family emergency, that's what the sign says at the martial arts studio run by 42-year-old Robert Lintzenich, who is charged with five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

"It's shocking, shocking," says Ludmila Gess, who owns a business close by. "You think about and hear about these things everywhere else. You don't think that it can happen so close to where you are."

"It's kind of scary," echoes Nicole Colgan, whose nephew attended the suspect's classes. "You don't know who you can trust anymore. Just going there for Tai Kwon Do practice, helping them, really good with the kids, really friendly, so it's really shocking to me."

This picture from the studio's website identifies Lintzenich as "Mr. L," a certified Tae Kwon Do instructor with more than 20 years experience.

Livingston County Undersheriff Michael Murphy says authorities have identified two victims of sexual abuse, both close to him.

"One of the victims stated the abuse had been going on for at least 10 years," says Murphy.

Murphy says Lintzenich has no criminal record, but that complaints had been made against him in two other states.

"If those allegations are legitimate, then he needs to go away for a long time--there is no question about that," Murphy says.

Authorities are not aware of any other victims, but Murphy says concerned parents should err on the side of caution.

"Bottom line is it certainly wouldn't hurt to ask their children if there was any inappropriate activities or behavior that happened while they were at the studio," he says.

Lintzenich is currently being held at Livingston County Jail on $1,000,000 bond.

If convicted, he faces life in prison.

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  • by Some one close to the case Location: Michigan on Aug 22, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    Well the update on this case is that he is only serving a minimum of 7 years 11 months to a max of 15 years. My understanding is that the pros. in this case tucked her tail between her legs and was agreed to whatever his attornys wanted. 8 years is not enough for what this monster did to his family. I think this systems is screwed up. He gets a slap on the wist because he's a 1st time offender, but he has been charged in 2 other states. Michigan never took that into consideration. They told the family "it didn't matter. He was never convicted". The judge didn't help matters he could have stepped outside the guidline and given him a harsher sentence but he's a member of the same mens group that this monster was. I guess he wants to protect his own. Now he's in prison, being kept way from other prisoners so he won't get picked on....where's the protection for his family? Why should he get any special treatment. I say put him in general population and he can survive on his own!
  • by try me Location: michigan on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    whats the new news on this case???? there has been nuttin on here since feb 4th. if there anything new on the case write it down and tell ppl what is happening. they have a right know. now let us know about the case......
  • by need not to know Location: michigan on Mar 18, 2009 at 12:32 AM
    he is a rapist.. there is no question about it. if u have to hurt innocent childern to get off, then u should be put away and never to be able to see anyone again.
  • by Katheryn Location: Hartland on Mar 10, 2009 at 02:02 PM
    Thank you for the comments and support... its horrible that I have to drive my brother to school now because the kids on the bus won't stop tormenting him calling our dad a rapist!
  • by Distraught Location: Michigan on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:47 AM
    Just make sure that if your child is aware of this story that they be respectful of his children!!! I'm sickened to learn that they have been taunted by other kids. Hartland schools and parents need to teach their children not only ABC's but to respect others as well! UGH!
  • by Concerned Parent Location: Hartland on Feb 5, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    As a parent of one of the students, I am both disgusted and saddened for this man's family and former students. Such a disturbing story.
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