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May 10, 2014

Bail set for man charged in beatings

Judge agrees to release martial arts teacher while he awaits trial

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During the hearing, Louf’s new attorney, Ray Buso, insisted on questioning the woman again, then confronted her repeatedly with love letters that she had written to Louf during their 11/2 year relationship, and Facebook posts about her weight loss and the good time she was having with Louf. He suggested that the allegations were prompted by her seeing Louf with another woman after they broke up.

The woman testified that she wrote the letters because she thought that’s what Louf wanted to hear, that he controlled her Facebook page and posted things under her name, and that she never saw him with another woman.

Judge Whitehead, however, suggested that if she had a motive to retaliate, “you would think she would have gone to the police.” Instead, she told only her family and friends, embarrassed by what had happened to her after she moved in with Louf.

“This wasn’t a breakup,” said MacDougall, the prosecutor. “This was flight.”

“Essentially she was held hostage by this defendant for the entire duration of the relationship,” said the prosecutor. And after the woman left, the prosecutor said, Louf was seen outside her mother’s workplace.

But the judge suggested that there was no evidence Louf was seeking out the woman herself, though he acknowledged that Louf showed a “striking” need for control at all times.

Buso, in turn, called a character witness, a friend of Louf’s mother, who had taken her son, a young man with special needs, to Louf’s studio for two years.

“He has done so much in his mind to help the community,” said Buso, pointing to Louf’s work with children and with helping others lose significant amounts of weight.

“But we know that people often lead double lives,” said Whitehead.

MacDougall also questioned Louf’s credibility, pointing to his use of aliases on social media sites and to questions about his credentials as a mixed martial artist sensei, questions that were raised online by others involved in the martial arts.

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