PEMBROKE PINES (CBS4) – A South Florida martial arts instructor is facing serious charges after police say he had sexual relations with a 14 year old girl.
Anthony Columna, 22, was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of Lewd or Lascivious Battery, two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation and two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Conduct.READ MORE: Adobe Analytics Finds Flight Bookings Fell 24% In August
Pembroke Pines police say on two occasions, Columna picked up the underage girl from school after she ditched class. He then allegedly took the girl to his home on the 21000 block of NW 3 Place and had sex with her several times in his bedroom and bathroom.READ MORE: Vigil Held In Orlando For Missing Teen Miya Marcano After Day Of Searching
Columna was arrested when the girl, on a recorded call with police, asked him if he used a condom because she thought she may be pregnant. According to police, Columna made incriminating statements which led to him being subsequently taken into custody.
During interrogation, Columna reportedly admitted to detectives that he and the victim were attracted to each other, but denied having sexual intercourse. He also told detectives that he only took the girl to his home to keep her out of trouble.MORE NEWS: ‘Can't Let Her Name Be Taken In Vain’: Gabby Petito's Family Speaks Out Publicly For First Time As Search Continues For Brian Laundrie
Columna is being held on $20,000 bond and is ordered to have no contact with the victim.