Karate Teacher Indicted For Sexual Acts With Minors

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An Eden Prairie, Minn. karate teacher was indicted Tuesday for engaging in sexual acts with minors at a South Elgin, Ill. karate school.

According to the indictment, 43-year-old Dean Fuerstenberg took advantage of his position as an instructor and engaged in sexual acts with two female students between the ages of 13 and 18 between June 1, 2003 and Nov. 30, 2005.

Fuerstenberg was indicted Tuesday in Kane County on four counts of criminal sexual assault and six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Fuerstenberg was also indicted in 2011 in DuPage County for sexually preying on a minor. His next court appearance in that case is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 29.

An instructor at the National Karate school in Minneapolis said Fuerstenberg worked there as an instructor about 20 years ago. But he said Fuerstenberg was never accused of any wrong-doing.

In fact, the Hennepin County Attorney’s office says Fuerstenberg has never been accused of, or charged with a crime while he has lived in Minnesota.

WCCO-TV contacted Fuerstenberg’s wife at their Eden Prairie home, but she did not want to talk about the allegations.

He is currently in custody in Kane County with his bail set at $750,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 29 in Dupage County, Ill.

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  • Mr. Miagi

    Wax on, whacks off

    • jean

      so true, lol

    • Ralph Machchio

      ROFLMAO! Ok… You win the prize for best comment, Miagi San



    • cobra kai

      finish him!

  • Robespierre

    Shouldn’t you be demanding his summary execution? For all you know, she was 14. You’re all over the place, here. Now is no time to start making exceptions.

    • jackactionhero

      It clearly states the age range went to 18.

      That means it was consentual, as there was no report that he forced an adult to do anything.

      • Marat

        Actually, the complaint clearly indicates that minors were involved. And the statute for sexual assault takes factors other than the age of the victim into account when determining consent.

        • m

          Actually Marat your statement is patently false. There are no MN state statutes that define a minor as being anything other than under the age of 18. There are certainly statutes that pertain to victims who are mentally ill or unable to legally consent, but those do not redefine the term “minor” in the language.

        • jackactionhero

          Yes there were minors that were victims. At no time did I discount that.

          However, the fact remains that an 18 year old is not a minor.

      • Jason Kahl

        So what you are saying is that all our high school teachers can have sex with as many seniors as they want? Kick rocks

  • just s a y i n

    key word; BETWEEN the ages of 13 and 18.

    • jackactionhero


      Sorry, but between 13 and 18 does not mean they were all 14, 15, 16 or 17.

      This is not a math riddle, son.

  • Rufus Larkin

    He didn’t know that he might not be able to later on find hiself another job in this bad economy!

  • nk bb

    he lost his position as part owner of Chicago National Karate after it was discovered that he was having sex with an adult student and left in disgrace.
    He was MY instructor whan I earned my Black Belt.

    • markH

      Perhaps you should have used the time to take an English class instead.

  • rex

    maybe someone at CBS MN could do a little better job of reporting and then we would understand it better.
    St. Charles, Ill. – A northwest suburban martial arts instructor already being held for sexually preying on a minor was indicted Tuesday for having sexual contact with two other minors.

    Dean Fuerstenberg, 43, of Eden Prairie, Minn., was indicted by a Kane County grand jury on four counts of criminal sexual assault, each a Class 1 felony; and six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a release from the Kane County State’s Attorney;s office said. The alleged sex acts took place at a South Elgin karate school.

    According to the indictment, between June 1, 2003, and Nov. 30, 2005, Fuersten­berg took advantage of his position of authority as a karate instructor and engaged in sexual acts with two girls who were over age 13 but younger than 18.

    According to the indictment, he touched the girls’ breasts, buttocks and vaginal areas; forced them to touch him; and had sex and oral sex with them.

    After the indictment was read, a Kane County judge ordered Fuerstenberg held on a $750,000 bond, and set a court appearance for 9 a.m. on Feb. 3 before Associate Judge James Hallock, the release said.

    In August 2011, Fuerstenberg was indicted in DuPage County on two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, each a Class X felony, and four counts of criminal sexual assault, each a Class 1 felony, the release said.

    DuPage County prosecutors allege that between May 2001 and May 2006 at a Roselle martial arts school, Fuerstenberg engaged in sexual acts with a victim younger than 17.

    His next court appearance in that case is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Feb. 29 in Courtroom 4012 at the Wheaton courthouse. Fuerstenberg has been in custody at the DuPage County jail on a $700,000 bond.

    The Kane County case remains under investigation and anyone with additional information about Fuerstenberg should call Det. Sgt. Mike Doty of the South Elgin police at (847) 741-2151.

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