Centralia martial arts instructor arrested for felony sex abuse

CLINTON COUNTY — A 61-year-old Centralia man and martial arts instructor posted bond and was released Thursday from the Clinton County Jail after being arrested on multiple felony charges of sexual abuse.

Tony Cunningham (Source: Facebook)
Tony Cunningham
(Source: Facebook)

Tony Cunningham was arrested Monday on a Clinton County warrant charging him with four counts aggravated criminal sexual abuse — each is a Class 2 felony.

According to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged victims are over the age of 5. The warrant set bail for Cunningham at $30,000.

Cunningham was convicted in 1994 of the same Class 2 felony charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16, and was sentenced to 4-years probation.

He was initially charged, however, with both the Class 2 charge and a more serious Class 1 felony charge of criminal sexual assault, which was dismissed.

He is one of multiple instructors at Aiki Shin Tai Dojo in Centralia.