This cultural bandit who claimed to be a martial arts expert who ran several training schools hanged himself as law enforcement were on the verge of bringing sexual molestation charges against him.
Steven LaVallee, 55, killed himself at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Monday.
Investigators had been about to charge LaVallee with simple battery after he allegedly improperly touched a man during a massage in May last year.
The trainer was being investigated by Florida law enforcers after they had received reports from upstate New York, where LaVallee had eight sports centers, which accused him of molesting two teenage boys.
The statute of limitations had expired on the allegations in the Syracuse area but authorities in Florida said LaVallee was aware that fresh charges were pending.
He had studied martial arts for 35 years and earned a 7th degree black belt.
According to reports, a man who attended LaVallee’s school said he had been inappropriately touched by the trainer after he offered to show off new massage techniques.
I bet that this new massage technique involved his filthy “white” mouth.
The allegations stem from 1993 but were not reported until this January meaning no charges could be brought after the ten-year statute of limitations had ran out.
All investigations have been closed following LaVallee’s suicide. His attorney made no comment. Well I’ll make one: GOOD RIDDANCE!
Another owner of a martial arts school, Kim Ling, told the Sentinel that LaVallee was ‘one of the top guys business wise’ but many in the sports community had been aware of the allegations levied against him.
LaVallee, who had been named man of the year five times by the International Martial Arts Association, leaves a wife and young son.
He ran a string of successful businesses and led seminars and acted as a consultant on how to make money from martial arts.
According to worldwidedojo.com, he based his training philosophy on Bruce Lee blending different styles of martial arts together.