Karate Instructor Ordered to Trial for Rape
By Raegan Medgie
5:53 p.m. EST, January 9, 2012
A karate instructor was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges he raped a young student.
Now police are trying to see if there may be more victims either while Stephen Rementer was an instructor at a karate school in Pocono Summit or before.
Rementer, 27, of Tobyhanna gave up his right to a preliminary hearing.
He is facing child sex charges after police said he raped a 12-year-old girl who was also his karate student.
This case is now heading to trial.
“The allegations of this case are very disturbing. Also the allegation that he was her instructor at the time is very disturbing and that he would abuse that position of trust over the victim,” said Assistant District Attorney Michael Rakaczewski.
Police said Pocono Crimson Dragon in Pocono Summit is where Rementer taught dozens of children.
“In this particular case, police are inquiring if there’s any additional victims out there, if anybody has any additional information on this particular individual, if they could contact the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department,” said Rakaczewski.
The owner of Pocono Crimson Dragon is in shock and gave Newswatch 16 a statement after speaking with his lawyer.
“I have been made aware of the allegations and I will be conducting a full investigation. At this time I have no further comment,” said Anthony Gilbert.
The crime did not take place inside the karate school. Instead, police said, Rementer traveled to the victim’s home in Tobyhanna.
According to court papers, the mother of the victim said she came home around noon on December 27 and found Rementer raping her child.
Also in the court papers, police said they interviewed the girl who said she and Rementer had sex about four times since the summer.
The girl also told police he sent her nude photos.
Police said when they interviewed Rementer he admitted he knew her age and had sex with her half a dozen times, starting at the end of August last year.
So far no date has been set for Stephen Rementer’s rape trial.
As for possible other victims, police will only say they are investigating.