Former martial arts instructor found guilty of sexual abuse

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for Friday.

Posted: Mar 27, 2019 9:27 AM
Updated: Mar 27, 2019 9:35 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A jury found Gerald Strebendt of Springfield guilty of second-degree sexual abuse following a six-day trial.

Strebendt will be sentenced Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Lane County Circuit Court. He was taken into custody after the verdict was reached.

The former martial arts instructor was found guilty of sexually abusing an underage female athlete he had coached at a martial arts gym in Eugene.

Strebendt had worked as a morning instructor at the former 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu in Eugene. He is also a former marine.

In May 2015, Strebendt pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide for shooting and killing David Crofut, 53, in a road rage incident on Bob Straub Parkway in Springfield. Strebendt claimed the shooting was in self-defense, and he was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by three years on parole.

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