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Md. karate teacher who taped sex acts with students fled country

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County karate teacher who taped sex acts with male students has fled the country, according to police.

Alexander Soumbadze, 26, of Bethesda is being charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography. Police believe he fled the country on April 3 to Georgia. Police also said he is the son of diplomats.

Police say they have videos of Soumbadze touching and engaging in sexual acts with young males in a Chevy Chase karate studio. They're looking for the victims in the videos.

A person was uploading child pornography on the Internet in December 2014, police said. Investigators were able to track the address to Soumbadze's Bethesda home.

Police searched the house on April 1 and interviewed Soumbadze, who they say admitted to trading and getting child pornography. Police seized several electronic devices from the home containing a total of eight videos of child pornography.

Videos of the teacher touching and engaging in sexual acts with young males and young adults were also found, according to authorities. Police believe the males knew they were being videotaped.

The videos were taken before October of 2011 at the karate studio formerly known as DC Martial Arts, located at 6936 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase. Soumbadze was a teacher at the time, police said. In October 2011, Soumbadze became a partner in business and the name of the studio changed to On the Mat Sports International. He used to be a student there.

Detectives are trying to identify and speak to the victims that were caught on camera in order to determine the possible incidents that may have happened. All information will be confidential. Victims are urged to contact police.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest for possession of child pornography and the investigation remains ongoing.

Investigators are asking that anyone who believes he/she was a victim of inappropriate contact with Soumbadze to please call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5406.

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