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Karate instructor pleads guilty to having sexual contact with teen girls

Douglas Reynolds in Onondaga County Court Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photojournalist Dennis Harmon)

A karate instructor from Mattydale has pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with two teen girls.

Douglas Reynolds entered guilty pleas to felony charges of second-degree Criminal Sexual Act and third-degree Criminal Sexual Act in Onondaga County Court Wednesday morning.

The charges stem from assertions Reynolds had sexual contact with two girls, one under 17 years old and another under 15 years old. The victims and their families were in court Wednesday as Reynolds enter his guilty pleas.

When they announced his arrest last year, deputies in the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office said Reynolds is a karate instructor who may have worked in the Central New York area.

Court documents previously acquired by CNYCentral alleged Reynolds had sexual contact with a child under 17 at his Mattydale home on Boston Road between April and June 2017. The documents also alleged he had sexual contact with a child under 15 at his home between December 2016 and August 2017.

Reynolds is expected to be sentenced to six months behind bars and 10 years of probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Sentencing has been scheduled for May 16.

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