Texas BJJ Gym Owner Arrested for Sexual Assault of Underage Student
The 23-year-old owner of the BQuick Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in Stephenville, Texas was arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old student.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Police arrested Samuel David Lewis, the 23-year-old owner of BQuick Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Stephenville Texas, on Monday and charged him with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old student, according to a report from the Stephenville Empire Tribune.
Lewis is incarcerated at the Erath County Jail on a $25,000 bond.
According to arrest records, Lewis and the victim had sex in the bathroom of the BJJ academy on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The victim, whose name was withheld, told investigators she and Lewis had been seeing each other outside of class and had developed feelings for one another.
Brandon Quick, the founder of BQuick BJJ under which the Stephenville academy was a part, released the following response to the situation via Facebook:
As a family man and a father of 2 daughters I am absolutely sickened by the news today. Unfortunately, many lives are negatively affected by the actions of my former affiliate in Stephenville.
As a franchise owner, I do back ground checks on anyone affiliated with our association. During his background process I discovered that Sam Lewis was honorably discharged as a combat veteran of the USMC, had clean track record and good references. There is no way that I or his poor wife could foresee this happening. BQuick Jiu Jitsu has international affiliates and anyone can buy into the name just as a man can buy into 24 Hour Fitness or a martial arts affiliation. We do our very best to make sure that our franchise affiliates have good character, but in this case, the worst case scenario happened. We certainly do not condone relations with a minor. When I say ‘we’ I mean all of our affiliates as well, not just me and my family. I have many police officers and military personnel who I train and are outraged along with me at the smear that has been placed on us for such an indecent crime. We train our students to be honorable to be able to defend themselves and prevent all types of bullying, injustice and exploitation.
I want to publicly say that Sam will not train with me or step on any BQuick Jiu Jitsu mats at any time in the future. The court of law will decide his fate. As of now he proclaims innocence, but we have taken immediate action to have him completely removed from the BQJJ network permanently. I am unfamiliar with the details of the case, but only know what is public information. As a father, if he is guilty, I hope the full extent of the law is weighed on him. My sincere condolences to the effected family and the team.