This is semi-old news since it happened in May 2013 but I was just made aware of it... so sad... I was contacted by one of Aldo Batista's former students who wanted some help in getting the word out so that potential future students might be made aware of it. Aldo was apparently arrested on 9 counts of rape of a minor; one of his BJJ students was 13 at the time.
The truth of the matter is this: BJJ is just a microcosm of the rest of the world. No better, no worse. We are shocked to find out how often these things happen in our neck of the woods because, well, it's US and we thought we were better than that.
We can be, if we push for standards and background checks and make it miserable for offenders to remain in our community.