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Former Ocean Springs martial arts instructor behind bars for sexually assaulting minors

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A former Ocean Springs martial arts instructor will spend time behind bars for committing sex crimes against minors.

54-year-old Allan Todd Pisarich, the owner of The Academy for Mixed Martial Arts, is accused of sexually assaulting children as far back as the 1990s. At the time of the crimes, the females were between the ages of 10 and 14.

The former martial arts instructor in December 2017 was taken into custody in Santa Rosa, Fla. for his crimes.

Pisarich was convicted of six counts of sexual battery and three counts of touching a child for lustful purposes. He has been sentenced to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with 20 years to serve day-for-day.

“Todd Allan Pisarich lived two lives- a public life of a trusted community member and coach and a private life where he used young girls for his depraved sexual satisfaction. Pisarich’s victims have been through hell: they endured the sexual abuse, faced hurdle after hurdle in the community and court system, and now live with the aftermath of the sexual abuse,” District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath said. “This sentence delivers justice to his victims and ensures he will never hurt another child again.”

The case against Pisarich was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Nikki Huffman and Carolyn Lewis.

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