For Immediate Release - June 04, 2008

Former Georgetown Karate Instructor Pleads Guilty To Rape Of A Child

Former Georgetown karate instructor Leonard Hileman, 29, of Haverhill, pleaded guilty today in Salem Superior Court to two counts of rape of a child, and four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child over the age of 14.

Judge David Lowy sentenced Hileman to 2 ½ - 4 years in state prison on one charge of rape of a child, and two of the indecent assault and battery charges. Those sentences will run concurrently. Hileman was sentenced to five years probation, from and after the committed portion of his sentence, on the remaining charges.

Judge Lowy ordered Hileman to register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender counseling. He will be monitored during his probation by a GPS tracking device. He must also stay away from the victims and their families, and must be employed or actively be seeking employment. He cannot have any type of job that brings him in contact with children under the age of 16.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Jessica P. Connors told the Court that had the case gone to trial, the Commonwealth would have proved that Hileman, while a karate instructor at Robicheau's Karate School in Georgetown from 2003 - 2006, sexually assaulted two of his female students. The assaults on the victims, one of whom was 15 and the other 14 when the crimes occurred, took place at the school during sleepovers, which were organized by the defendant.

The sexual assaults were reported to Georgetown Police on September 11, 2006. Following a joint investigation by Georgetown Police and State Police assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, Hileman was arrested on October 4, 2006.

Attorney Tom Gleason represented the defendant during his change of plea today.

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