For those following the Graspin’ Aspen case, Steven Roger, the CO yoga teacher accused of sexual assault, faced the judge this past for a preliminary hearing of lawyerly evidencey stuff presented for deliberation.
Two felony counts of sexual assault and related misdemeanors stemming from alleged incidents within the past few years.
The incidents involved different women, with each of the alleged offenses taking place at O2 Aspen, a court filing says.
Though the alleged female victims claim Roger “slipped his hand” under their clothing, his defense attorney, in his most lawyery voice (probably), pushed hard for the felony charges to be dropped arguing that “touching’ is not “sexual intrusion”. allrighty.
Well he must’ve been pretty convincing because this morning comes news that presiding Judge Ruland decided to go with the touchy argument and dismissed the felony charges – meaning Roger will not have to stand trial. Phew! No more scare of 10 years in the slammer!
However, still stinging are the five six misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual contact from alleged incidents occurring between 2005 and 2008, each with the potential for handing Mr. Roger a healthy bowl of do-your-time-asana (24 months per count). Though we’re dubious he’ll get much in the way of jail time, if he’s convicted on any counts he must register as a sex offender. And THAT…will basically ruin his yoga career forever anyway. It may sound odd, but at this point it’s sad if he’s not the gropemaster cause good luck getting work with business cards that read “Steven Roger, Yoga Instructor, Sex Offender.” bummer.