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Police: Smyrna Man Charged with Rape, Child Pornography

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DOVER, Del. - Dover police say a Smyrna man was arrested Monday for allegedly having sexual encounters with a 14-year-old girl at a karate academy.

Harold Philhower, 33, is charged with third-degree rape, three counts of possession of child pornography, and a single count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Detectives said they learned Philhower may have been involved in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl through an anonymous tip.

According to police, the investigation revealed that Philhower would meet the victim outside of the Kaizen Karate Academy and on at least one occasion, performed sexual acts on the victim.

Investigators said Philhower and the victim met several times and had inappropriate contact at the karate academy.

The victim is a student at the karate academy and Philhower's spouse was an instructor at the academy during the time of the incidents, police said.

According to investigators, Philhower also received many nude pictures of the victim through social media.

He is being held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $81,500 secured bond.

Police say they do not believe there are other victims involved, but they encourage parents of children enrolled in the karate academy to discuss the matter with their children.

If parents are concerned their child may have been a victim, they should contact (302) 736-7139 and speak with Detective Streadwick of the Dover Police Department's Criminal Investigations Unit.

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