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Martial arts studio kicked out for good

Original post made on Feb 15, 2008

A martial arts studio on Quarry Lane has been shut down indefinitely after the Planning Commission ruled 5-0 its owner would need to get a child care license before it would consider it.
The Tri-Valley Martial Arts Academy shuttered last month after the city determined that the scope of operations at the studio were different than what owner John Pfund described to them initially.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 15, 2008, 12:04 PM

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Posted by MB
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Feb 15, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Are all businesses in Pleasanton subject to these "new" rules?

I and my neighbors take our kids to many facilities/activities that don't have you sign in and out.

Some (not all) of them have kids there for more than an 90 minutes. Not the younger kids but the older ones who are dedicated to their art or sport.

Are Sunday schools following these rules? What about the library where middle school kids go to for minutes to hours until their parents get off of work?

So this guy offers to pick up the kids from school and also has the crazy idea of having some space to have the kids do homework.

I don't think a layman would consider this a day care by any stretch of the imagination.

Maybe there's more to the story, but this doesn't make any sense.

He'd probably have an easier time just opening a liquor store or something (yes I know, CA ABC and all that, but still), but no, he decides to be a do gooder and do something positive with kids.

All you other business folks who have been dealing with kids for years better take heed.


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Posted by iwastheretoo
a resident of Lemoine Ranch
on Feb 17, 2008 at 9:01 am

Why don't you 'google' John Duane Pfund and see what activities Mr. Pfund engaged in while in Dublin...then come back to us all and let us know if you position hasn't changed.


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 17, 2008 at 9:16 am

I could only find that he was charged, but not if he was found innocent or guilty of the charges. Can you shed light on this?


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Posted by Timothy S
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 17, 2008 at 9:39 am

He was obviously found innocent as he would not have been able to work with children at all in accordance with Federal and State laws. Innocent means that he didn't do it and it shouldn't even come up in conversation about his license. The fact that there was porn on his computer is not incriminating. I'm sure most people's computers have some "interesting" things on them. If you believe "accused" means "guilty" then you should move to another country.

Another fine example of City of Pleasanton making sure that someone can't do a business they love. It will start taking its toll on Pleasanton soon as people start to take their businesses elsewhere to cities that have more welcoming business environments. Then we can start listening to the complaints of residents as they have to drive too far for the services they want.


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 17, 2008 at 11:51 am

Timothy, actually innocent can also mean there was not enough evidence to find guilty.


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Posted by payback
a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2008 at 7:36 am

Timothy...do you have kids? How would you feel if your kids were left in the hands of someone who was accused....but never convicted of such a crime? There was obviously some suspicion to his actions in Dublin....why can't Pleasanton be commended for taking precautions? IF he was allowed to stay and something did happen....it would be all Pleasanton's fault. BUT Pleasanton takes the preventive maintenance route and you jump all over them.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Feb 28, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Looks like the city did us all a favor, that sicko should NEVER work with kids again


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Posted by ted
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 11, 2008 at 11:18 pm

Perhaps you would change your mind if you knew anything about this person. Perhaps you would change your mind if you learned he was falsely accussed and had witnesses to back him up and passed a polygraph test and psychological testing. Perhaps you would change your mind if you found out the child that accussed him was caught raping his little brother and had a motive to accuse someone else of molesting him so he could get his pending felony charges reduced. And perhaps you might be interested in knowing that this kid tried to implicate other people of molesting him before implicating this man. Maybe you would be interested in finding out that the detectives on the case did no investigating before ruining this persons life. And finally maybe you might try to find out all the facts before you make judgements about someone. Quite possibly this person was able to prove his innocence to the extent that his case was dissmissed by the court in the interest of justice. Just my thoughts.


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Posted by T.S.
a resident of Dublin
on May 7, 2008 at 9:23 am

I worked for Dublin Schools when Pfund was running the same "day-care/martial arts" operation. He was always late in picking up the kids from school, his mode of transportation an old dilapidated van, and then later an old schoolbus that he left in the parking lot of his building (which also had a grocery store, drug store, Mervyns, etc.) with the door wide open all night. Somewhat strange. I certainly would not allow my children to attend his classes!


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Posted by JaneB
a resident of Danville
on Jun 3, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Gonna go ahead and jump in here. Ted is right in all his facts. My daughter attended the school at the same time as the aforementioned child...this same child was a convicted rapist in Texas, having sodomized his own six year old brother.

Ted is also correct that in trial, he blamed his own step father and others. The accusation of John Pfund was made to lessen his own punishment.

I personally was at that gym four days a week during the time in question. My Daughter was at the "Ninja Night" in question.

Ted is also right when he said I never recieved a call from Law Enforcent Investigators. I left at least 10 messages. If he was guilty, I more than anybody wanted to know. I knew at least 10 other moms at the time (we would talk when we went to pick up our kids) and NOT ONE of them recieved a call from investigators.
Want some more...
I attended the hearings...there was no evidence other than the kids testimony. And the kids testimony was so unbelieveable, the judge even said so.
And yes, there was naked pictures on his computer. The same computer that all the teenage boys that worked for him used when he was away. Check your own computer if you have kids. Look in your temp directories. It will have a ~ in the file name. You have porn on your computer. You are a child molester.

John lost his business, his home, his fiancee, his friends, and it still continues today. The city planning/building commission did everything they could to stop him from doing business, acting well outside their charter, because (lets be frank) of the covert characterization of John as a child molester. I had a city inspector come out openly and tell me he would continue to red tag anything he could find to keep John from opening. Forget about John's rights for a moment and imagine if city planning, the IRS, Health Inspectors, or the DMV employees started stepping into Crime Prevention and you found that your applications just went "missing" because the employee felt a duty to put you through a tangle of bureaucracy until you just gave up and quit.

Those of you that called him a Sicko and pervert, or continue to perpetuate this talk should take a good look at what your doing. Do a thorough investigation of the facts and quit accusing anonymously.


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Posted by Randy S.
a resident of Valley Trails
on Jun 16, 2009 at 12:53 am

Agreeing with what Timothy and Jane stated I would like to add something else. The child in question accused John on 2 separate occasions. Even if you are a kid, if you were molested by the instructor would you continue would you continue taking the class? All he is trying to do is make a living doing what he loves and put his life back together after somebody falsely accused him of a serious crime. I agree that a parent needs to think twice before dropping their kid off with someone, and that is exactly what they should do. They are entrusting their kids to someone and if they are considering the person they should read farther than the first line in a report


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Posted by anon
a resident of another community
on Dec 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm

I have some information to offer on this topic: John's ex, Helen Ann Elliott, a.k.a, Helen Angelista Pfund Norton , currently is married to convicted, registered child molester, Paul Dwight Norton , of Vacaville, CA. (familywatchdog.us) Also, Helen Elliot's father, William Allen Elliott ("Bill") of Fremont, CA, was a serial child molester, who molested children as young as five at sleepovers at the Elliott house. I know this from personal experience. This might not be sufficient proof that John Dwayne Pfund raped this particular boy, but I hope people continue to watch him very closely and carefully protect their children.

Another thought is, if you were a child molester, how many jobs could be better than a martial arts instructor? The "sensei" is given great authority and control, and the sport allows more intimate physical contact than almost any other. Something to consider.


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