Peoria martial arts instructor accused of having sex with a student

Mug shot for Elsa Flores, 22, a Peoria martial arts instructor accused of sex with a student.
Mug shot for Elsa Flores, 22, a Peoria martial arts instructor accused of sex with a student.(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 12:47 PM PDT
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PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A Peoria martial arts instructor is facing several sex abuse charges after allegedly having a relationship with one of her students. Court documents say Elsa Cristina Flores, 22, was arrested on May 4 after the parents of a 13-year-old boy discovered romantic messages on their son’s phone.

In an Arizona’s Family exclusive, the victim’s mother said her family is in shock. “It has been absolutely horrific. Disturbing. Our family has been turned upside down,” she said. She asked that she not be identified.

Flores, a teacher at the Millennium Martial Arts near 91st and Olive avenues, would reportedly have the victim, one of the class leaders, stay after school. Court paperwork says that the student would frequently get rides from Flores. On one occasion, the boy’s parents had tracked him to a Safeway, but he didn’t want to talk about why he was there.

Court paperwork says the parents looked over his phone and discovered that Flores had been messaging the boy over Snapchat with the contact name saved as “My baby.” Investigators also add that they saw a conversation where they called each other “babe” and “I love you,” but the teen quickly locked his phone and refused to give his password. A parent tried to talk to Flores, who said she wanted to speak in person, was “ashamed,” and would no longer speak to that boy, court paperwork said. Parents later provided that phone to Peoria police as part of the investigation.

Detectives also interviewed the owner of the Karate Studio, who asked Flores about the allegations after the parents told the studio. She admitted to the relationship with the owner and said that if “anyone finds out, I am going to prison.”

The next day, detectives spoke with the teen’s sister, who said that the boy and the Flores had started messaging each other last December. Soon after, Flores reportedly told the boy that she had “romantic feelings” for him. Court paperwork says that after a belt test, Flores had asked the teen if he would be her “Quince” — short for quinceanera — partner. In one instance, Flores and the teen went to dinner and TJ Maxx, which the boy described as a “date.” In January, the victim and Flores reportedly started their sexual relationship. Court paperwork alleges that Flores had sent explicit photos to the victim, but he only sent her pictures of his abdomen. Detectives also helped set up a recording with a parent where Flores said they had had sex in her car at a park and that Flores had to take the “morning after pill.”

“He was exceeding, he was doing well, all that has been taken from him, we obviously pulled him from there,” the victim’s mother said. “You put them in activities and sports as a safe place, to keep them out of trouble, to keep them safe, and when it happens in a place where that’s where you think you’re sending them it’s alarming. It’s very alarming,” she continued.

Flores was booked into jail on six counts of sexual conduct with a minor, one count of molestation of a child, and one count of aggravated luring of a minor.