An update to the Graspin’ Aspen Yoga teacher scandal! Steven Jon Roger was arrested in January on charges of sexual assault alleged by female students at O2 Aspen yoga studio. As you may recall, the accused was originally facing 1 felony count of sexual assault and 4 misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct. Well, since his arrest, two more women have come forward to report offenses. Yesterday was his big day in court where he faced a grand total of two felony counts of sexual assault, and five misdemeanors, with the maximum sentence still 10+ years in the slammer.
Back in Jan we posed the question to the yogadork gallery…fair or foul? Was this dude just being a concerned “adjuster”? But we have to wonder about his case for innocence, with all these women stepping up to speak out about the gropey guru placing his hands on their lower backs and “[slipping his] hand down the back of the woman’s pants without her consent.” Whata creep! Well, he’s out now on $7,500 bond and due back in court April 6. Not teaching yoga we guess.
Now, this is clearly a touchy subject (ugh) for the teacher-student relationship. Seriously though, there’s a level of trust involved, especially when it comes to the supposed sanctuary of a yoga class. If a teacher is “adjusting” you and grabbing your ass speak up!
And then what about partner and acro yoga? Where’s the line on the good touch/bad touch? And we’re talking fellow students, not just the teacher.We don’t remember signing the waiver for that.