Scott Flood, aka Karate Scott, is a karate instructor contracted to teach karate to children in at least three Arizona schools. But police say that Flood wasn’t just empowering children with the ability to possibly protect themselves, they say he was also preying on them.
Flood was arrested on Friday and is currently in jail on two counts of child molestation after a 5-year-old girl at Childtime Learning Centers told police that Flood touched her vagina over her clothes on multiple occasions and then told her not to tell anyone.
It was later revealed that Flood seems to find trouble when he is around children. Back in 1999, police wanted to charge Flood with “furnishing obscene materials to minors,” but the investigation was dropped after the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office decided there wasn’t enough probable cause.
Then, in 2010, a 5-year-old girl at Sunrise Preschool told her mother that Flood said she was “gorgeous” and “a real cutie pie.” The police report went on to say that Flood kissed the girl on the cheek during karate class and “tickled her butt crack.” These accusations, even if true, did not meet the requirements for a child molestation charge so police tried to charge Flood with aggravated assault. But once again, the investigation was dropped after the city attorney said a conviction would be nearly impossible.
Hopefully this latest accusation, on top of his past history, will leave the city attorney with enough confidence to try and convict him.
Childtime released the following statement about Flood’s arrest:
“As child advocates, we are committed to our children and the families we serve. This situation is very upsetting, as we work hard to select vendors that provide children with the best possible experience. We will continue working closely with the local authorities to assist their investigation of this third-party vendor until the matter is fully resolved. We have strict policies and procedures when it comes to the welfare of our children, and we do not tolerate any deviation from these standards by our employees or vendors. Providing a safe and nurturing environment to the children in our care remains our top priority.”
There wasn’t any way for Childtime, or any of the schools Flood worked at, to be wary of the man. Since the married father of two boys has never been charged with anything before, background checks would not have listed the past accusations.