Friday, July 15, 2011

Aurora tae kwon do instructor facing sex charges

Raul Gutierrez
 AURORA | An Aurora tae kwon do instructor is facing felony charges after police say he sexually assaulted three teenage girls enrolled in his martial arts school. 

Raul Alberto Gutierrez-Hernandez, 31, was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual assault on a child and sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of, police said. After his arrest, Gutierrez was released from jail on $50,000 bond. 

In a statement Friday, police said they believe there may be additional victims. 

Gutierrez is an instructor at the Tae kwon do Tegura studio on East Sixth Avenue near Salida Street. The studio used to be at 638 Peoria St.

According to his biography posted on the dojo’s website, Gutierrez is a four-time Mexican National Champion, four time member of the Junior Mexican National Team and was named the Amateur Athletic Union’s Colorado Coach of the Year in 2009. 

Police said Gutierrez has been an instructor in Aurora since 2004 and investigators believe the first assault happened in 2008. 

The Aurora police crimes against children unit is asking parents or guardians who have a child that has a current or previous connection to Gutierrez or his martial arts school to talk to their child to determine if any inappropriate contact occurred between their child and Gutierrez. Police also want parents to ask if their child witnessed any suspicious activity involving Gutierrez.

According to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records, Gutierrez has never been arrested in Colorado before Wednesday. 

Police are asking anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Christine Hurley at 303-739-6113.  Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) or text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then title DMCS  before the message.

It wasn’t immediately clear from court records if Gutierrez had a lawyer. 

Gutierrez didn't immediately return a message left for him Friday at the number listed on the dojo's website. 

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