A local youth tennis instructor has been indicted on aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping and several other related charges in connection with several incidents of child pornography and misconduct involving a student and other local children, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced on Wednesday.
Terry Y. Kuo, 26, of Colts Neck, also known as “Victor Lee,” has been charged in a superceding indictment with: three counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, one count of second-degree attempted aggravated sexual assault, six counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of second-degree attempted sexual assault, four counts of first-degree causing or permitting a child to engage in child pornography, four counts of second-degree manufacturing child pornography, five counts of third-degree possession of child pornography, two counts of fourth-degree lewdness, three counts of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, eight counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, one count of fourth-degree stalking, three counts of third degree endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of third-degree obscenity and one count of fourth-degree conspiracy to tamper with physical evidence.
The charges stem from an investigation commenced after one of Kuo’s 13 year old tennis students alleged various instances of sexual misconduct at Kuo’s hands during the summer and fall of 2017. A subsequent investigation conducted by the Marlboro Police Department, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Bureau and Computer Crimes Unit revealed child pornography on the defendant’s electronic devices as well as improper conduct with additional juveniles.
A Monmouth County Grand Jury had previously returned an indictment against Kuo in February of 2018. This superceding indictment, filed on Dec. 21 of last year, charges Kuo with additional crimes committed during an extended time period.
If Kuo is convicted of first-degree kidnapping or first-degree aggravated sexual assault, he faces a potential sentence on each conviction of life in New Jersey State Prison with 25 years of parole ineligibility. Otherwise, defendants convicted of first-degree crimes face sentences of 10 to 20 years in prison, while second-degree crimes carry sentences of five to 10 years in prison. Third-degree crimes carry sentences of three to five years in prison and fourth-degree crimes carry sentences up to 18 months in prison.
Kou remains detained at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Township. The case remains pending before the Honorable Vincent N. Falcetano, Jr.
Investigators continue to seek additional information about Kuo’s activities. Anyone with information is asked to contact either Detective Edward Ungrady of the Marlboro Township Police Department at (732) 536-0100 ext. 1099 or Detective Stephen Borchard of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 431-7160 ext. 8649.
Anyone who wishes to make an anonymous report can call the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers’ confidential tip-line at 1-800-671-4400. Tipsters can also text “MONMOUTH” and their tip to 274637 or they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.