Karate Instructor Charged with Sex Crimes Poisons Himself Ahead of CSC Trial

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sex crime deathKALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (June 4, 2014) — A karate instructor charged with several counts of alleged criminal sexual conduct is dead, after it appears he ingested a poisonous substance.  The death is being treated as a suicide.

On Tuesday, fire and medical personnel responded to a home on Nazareth in Kalamazoo Township on reports of a male victim who was unresponsive.  Upon arrival, they found Robert Earle Keith, 61, and requested help from police based on information they had about the victim at the time.

Efforts to resuscitate Mr. Keith were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead.  At this point, the investigation suggests he took a poisonous substance to end his own life.

Mr. Keith was about to begin trial on June 10 on charges of criminal sexual conduct, that allegedly took place in a dojo he was operating out of his home.  Police say the incidents happened during martial arts training.  There are currently three victims, ages 15, 16 and 17, but police say there may be others.  If he would have been convicted, he could have faced upwards of 19 years in prison.

An autopsy will be conducted on Wednesday to determine an exact cause of death.


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  • tracyd112

    Saved the Tax Payers alot of money for the trial and the incarceration .He also saved these young boys from living it again on the stand.That said I am glad he will never hurt anyone ever again and feel all child abusers and Molesters never get a second chance FRY THEM ALL.

  • ronaldmlaw

    Martial arts instructor should be an example for everyone. They are the one who are supposed to teach others martial arts, especially to women. But this news that a martial art master itself involved in a rape is not at all a good thing to hear. He deserved a good punishment after the trail. Anyways hope things like this won't happen in future.