VA Beach police on trail of martial arts teacher for 2007 sexual abuse of student

A screen grab of WTKR TV news on Brian Trial

A screen grab of WTKR TV news on Brian Trial

By Maricar CP Hampton & Cristina DC Pastor

A former martial arts teacher well known in the Virginia Beach Filipino community is wanted by the police for allegedly “violently sexually abusing one of his students.”

A Virginia Beach Police Department bulletin issued on April 24 said Brian Trial is “wanted on charges of forcible sodomy with a child and indecent liberties with a child.” The bulletin said the abuse took place in 2007 but was reported only last year.

Trial is reported to be 34 years of age and his address located at “the 5000 block of Lila Lane” in the police bulletin.

Contacted by The FilAm Metro D.C., Virginia Beach PD spokesperson Tonya Borman identified Trial’s ethnicity as “white American.”

However, a 2006 article in the Virginian Pilot newspaper profiled a Virginia Beach martial arts teacher by the name of B.L. “Spunk” Trial who uses rattan sticks with his instructions. The article identified Trial as the co-owner and chief instructor of the Filipino Fighting Arts Academy located in 5347 Lila Ln in Virginia Beach.

In the Pilot article, Trial is reported to be born in California to a Filipino mother and a German-Canadian father who divorced when he was 4.

“That’s when I had my identity crisis,” he told the newspaper.

He turned to martial arts to ground himself and “preserv(e) Filipino history by passing down a dying art to the youth.” His plan, he said, was to convert his academy into a Warrior Arts of the Philippines Museum in Virginia Beach.

“Not only will it be helping the Filipino community, but it would become an attraction in Virginia Beach. We want to make it a national landmark,” said Trial, who was 27 when the interview was conducted.

In the article, Trial identified with his Filipino ethnicity.
It said: “Being with his mother felt more like home. He loved the songs in Tagalog, the nation’s native tongue, the warmth of extended family and friends, and the food.

‘Everything from the fish heads to the rice … It was more welcoming for me,’ he said.

“Trial embraced all things Filipino, but didn’t know much about their roots. ‘I’m all self-taught…I had mentors along the way who guided me. But if I wanted to know who the fathers of the Filipino revolution were, I had to go read about it.’”

Anyone with information about Trial may contact Virginia Beach PD’s Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or if your child may have been a victim.



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