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Convicted: Aspen Yoga Teacher Found Guilty of Unlawful Sexual Contact, Must Register as Sex Offender

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Huge news yoga fans. If you’ve been following the story, Steven Jon Roger, of Aspen CO has been found guilty on two counts of unlawful sexual contact and must register as a sex offender.

Via Aspen Daily News:

A jury of four men and two women convicted former yoga instructor Steven Roger on Tuesday night of forcing his hand down the pants of two female students during classes at the O2 Aspen yoga studio in 2008.

Roger, 49, must now register as a sex offender and faces a possible 18 months of jail time for each count of misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact. He will be sentenced on Oct. 26.

With no physical evidence the case was based around “he-said, she-said”. While the Prosecutor asked ‘why would these clearly emotional women lie?’ While the defense asked ‘why would Mr. Roger, knowing the consequences, throw his life away?’

This is all very sad no matter whose side your on. But we only hope this serves as a message to us all, as teachers, students, practitioners of life, to be more conscious and respectful of those around us.

We could also follow this simple rule: No hands in the pants people!

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9 comments… add one
  • David

    ‘No hands in the pants people’?
    Kind of flippant, don’t you think?

  • admin

    seriously. more profound advice is welcome!
    or maybe we can choose to lighten up a little.

  • L

    Haha! I liked your last comment. Made me smile. 🙂

  • Lee DiRi

    I am a yoga teacher and practicioner. I have taught and taken more classes than I could ever possibly count. I have studied with all kinds of teachers in many disciplines; I give privates, I take privates, I attend huge classes, small classes, workshops, you name it. I adjust and touch students; it is an important and effective teaching tool. I know yoga (I say this with great humility and respsect for the practice.) I also know the accused very, very well. These charges and accusations are false. It is not possible, in the context of a class, to do what they say he did. These women did privates with him? And he didn’t “try” anything then? He waited til 30 other people were around? Its illogical. Someone in that community obviously wanted to ruin him, for whatever reason. But to convict this man on these ridiculous accusations is tragic. I am in disbelief. The world has gone mad.

  • Hendrickx

    I know the yoga instructors quit well.A lot of them are just quacks also a lot are perverted and many use drugs.So I am not supprised about wat happened there.

  • Squirt

    Rob Bispo was my first Yoga teacher at Indigo Wellness Center in Salem Oregon and Project ABLE was convcted of assuault after he raped and beat me after I refused to sleep with him. After he was convicted he came after me again and was arrested 2 times for violating probation. I now am trying to find out how to expose him to the Yoga community as the predator that he is. I was vulnerable and he took advantage of me in a place that should be safe. He also has said terrible things about me to try and save his reputation. Some people believe him even after he plead guilty.

    • gurugirl

      A Yoga teacher forwarded this site to me to read.
      We had been discussing what we do -she a teacher and I a
      student– to protect students from known preditors. I verify
      Squirt’s assault by this man Rob or Robbie David Bispo. She is a friend and fellow student of Yoga. I went with her to a number of court hearings and sentencing dates in support as the man’s students and friends took his side cause it was too hard for them to deal with the sad truth they wanted to remain in the dark. We all just “loved” Rob and his dedication and perserverance to start teaching. None of us knew of his past rap sheet not only from our state but from another state he moved from where he had at least 7 crimainal offenses. Drugs, resisting arrest, and two counts of assault and meancing his partner/ wife. He did have past felonies. He raped squirt in his home and beat her. With no eveidence for the rape the state went for beating and assult charge. This man is on probation till 2014 such is the need for the state to keep tabs on this man considering his past vilolent record. He fooled all around him and worked with fragile vulnurable people in special programs . These were small, funded programs who did not check his background. WHY NOT?!! Rob has taken up yoga again in this town and lies about his background. I know the studios he is in now and the owners did not care to check out his background or if they did they did not care about their liability or did not believe the charges. Just as all people in the above comments. ” Oh , I dont believe it he was such a good teacher.” Some people swear that the Holacost was not real –come out of your dreams. It is hard to hear such things happen. Sorry, life is not fair. Students! demand background checks! (criminal) and complaints to studio. It is ethically the business or owners duty to check on staff where- in health and safety of individuals is at stake. Folks get quite judgemental when it is not them or family who incurred the personal assault. Gee , yogi folks use your senses more. Don’t Scout leaders do it, dont teachers do it? dont trusted coaches do it? don’t priests do it. Now, it seems yoga teachers hold a place of esteem that outstrips all those professions according to most of the above posts. It happens folks- even tho you dont like to think so.

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