Crime

Ocean Springs martial arts instructor accused in sexual battery

Allen Todd Pisarich
Allen Todd Pisarich Jackson County Adult Detention Center

The owner of an Ocean Springs martial arts school was arrested after allegations of sexual abuse and inappropriate conduct toward juveniles with whom he’d had contact, officials said.

Allen Todd Pisarich, 48, was arrested on two counts of sexual battery of a juvenile.

Sheriff Mike Ezell said the investigation began after allegations were made in November. U.S. marshals arrested Pisarich on Thursday afternoon and an initial hearing was set for Monday.

Pisarich is the owner of the Academy of Mixed Martial Arts on Old Spanish Trail, Ezell said.

Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues, Ezell said.

Regina Zilbermints: 228-896-2340, @RZilbermints

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