Samuel David Lewis, the 23 year old owner of BQuick Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Stephenville, Texas was arrested on Monday and charged with the sexual assault of a 14 year old student, according to the Stephenville Empire Tribune.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lewis and the victim had sex in the bathroom of the club on Christmas Eve, and again on New Year's eve.
The victim reportedly told investigators the two had been seeing each other outside of class and had developed feelings for each other.
Lewis is currently incarcerated under a $25,000 bond at the Erath County Jail.
In the state of Texas the age of sexual consent is 17 if there is more than 3 years age difference between the two consenting parties.
Part of the Brandon Quick group of affiliated BJJ clubs, both Lewis' personal facebook page and the BQuick BJJ Stephenville academy facebook page appear to have been suspended or deleted.
Brandon Quick made the following comment via his Facebook page in response to this news.
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.