In 2004, Patrick Justice was convicted of sexual battery. However, this conviction was kept hidden from both myself and Hatfield sensei, allowing Patrick to be installed as President of the American Jidokwan Association in 2011. In 2017, we became aware of Patrick's prior conviction and demanded he resign his position immediately, and I replaced him as President on October 3, 2017. Two years later, I registered the American Jidokwan Association with USA Taekwondo which required that we become SafeSport certified, which was completed on November 19, 2019.
However, our detractors are so determined to cause us harm that they reported us to SafeSport for failing to report Patrick's conviction and prior affiliation. Why they felt we had an obligation to report an incident that occurred two years prior to us joining Safesport (where the actual conviction was 15 years prior) in the first place is beyond me, and the investigator from SafeSport echoed my sentiments.
Hatfield sensei and I continue to condemn all forms of child rape, pedophilia and violence against children, and work diligently to ensure our members, students and their families have a safe and secure environment for the study of martial arts. Both Hatfield sensei and I have always dedicated our lives to the protection of others. While we apologize for not removing Patrick from the website in a timely manner, we assure our readers and affiliates that at no time in his tenure with our organization was he a threat nor do we feel he is one now. He is currently a licensed private investigator with the State of Ohio with a record clear of any felony convictions for some time now. He is not an "unregistered sex offender" as they claim, as due to his offender classification as a "(Pre AWA) Sexually Oriented Offender" his obligation to register ended after 10 years. Any further discussion of this matter may be considered harassment and defamation of character, and therefore it is our sincerest hope to finally put it to rest.