Kumon Says Arrested Tutor Passed Background Check

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CITY NEWS SERVICE

NORWALK — A national chain of tutoring companies today said its students may transfer to other company locations following the arrest of a tutor accused of committing sex crimes against a 13-year-old girl in Norwalk, as deputies seek any possible other victims.

Kumon North America Inc. issued a press release today that said all of its franchise owners undergo background checks, including an FBI check. The company said its Norwalk franchisee, Frank Chung, underwent and passed such a check.

Chung, 63, was arrested without incident at his home in La Palma on Sept 8 and was held in lieu of $1 million bail for suspicion of lewd acts with a minor, said Sgt Daniel Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.

For five years, Chung has worked at his Kumon Learning Center franchise in Norwalk, Scott said. He also spent some 25 years tutoring children in Northern California, and deputies are investigating if other children may have been molested.

The Kumon corporation said Sept. 10 that its “highest priority is the safety and education of its students.” In its statement, the company said it would allow parents “to immediately transfer students to any other Kumon Center if they would prefer to do so at no additional cost to the family.”

The Norwalk store, at 11657 The Plaza, was closed today, but the company said it would reopen with different teachers Sept. 12. Kumon was founded in Japan in 1958 and specializes in math lessons.

Scott said an investigation into Chung’s conduct was launched after the victim was overheard telling a sibling of inappropriate sexual contacts with the suspect on several occasions.

“Based on the investigation, detectives from the Special Victims Bureau believe there are more victims and are requesting help from the public,” Scott said.

Scott asked anyone with information about Chung to call the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-LASD.

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  1. Child sex crimes are not unheard of at franchise learning centers like Kumon Math. The best way to protect your child is to be well informed. Follow these simple steps before enrolling your child in a tutoring arning program.

    1. Do your research on the company. If they have any case of sex crimes against children like child abuse, molestation, rape etc. STOP. Don’t enroll your child.

    2. Demand copies of police background check report, sex offender registry check report and FBI sex crimes check report from the tutoring center owner for each and every employee at the learning center.

    3. Demand a copy of Liability Insurance policy and coverage of the learning center.

    4. Demand a copy of their Insurance Coverage for Sexual Misconduct claims policy specifically related to Sexual Abuse and Molestation.

    5. Demand a copy of the State Teaching license by the board of education of the teachers at the tutoring or learning center.

    6. Teach your child to inform you of any unpleasant experiences at the learning center that they might encounter.

    7. Do not hesitate to report any case to the police. Let them investigate the matter professionally. Most companies try to cover-up sex crimes. Be vigilant.

    8. Do not let your guard down just because you see that the teacher is a woman. There are dangers lurking every where. There are many cases of women child abusers and molesters too.

    9. Demand a copy of photographs of the teacher and every employee of the learning center and confirm. This will come in handy when contacting the police in case your child is kidnapped.

    Be safe.

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