Yoga instructor who allegedly assaulted 5 women during class charged in court

SINGAPORE — A yoga instructor has been arrested for allegedly touching five women inappropriately during class.

On Tuesday November 30, the 32-year-old Indian national, who told a district court he was now unemployed, was charged with 10 counts of assault.

Details of him and where he worked then cannot be released due to a gag order to protect the identities of his alleged victims.

They were then between 24 and 29 years old.

He was at his downtown workplace at some point in 2019 when he allegedly slapped a 24-year-old woman’s buttock with his hand.

Between 2019 and July last year, he allegedly committed acts such as touching women’s private parts.

The man appeared in court via video link and was offered $15,000 bond on Tuesday.

His case was adjourned to December 14.

Police said in an earlier statement that they have zero tolerance for sex offenders who “threaten the personal safety of the community”.

The man was not the first yoga instructor to face assault charges.

In April 2018, another Indian national was sentenced to nine months in prison and fined $1,000 after assaulting a student, then 25, in 2015.

Following a 12-day trial that began in 2016, the court found him guilty of one count of indecent exposure and the use of criminal force against her.

He cupped her chest as she leaned forward. She clapped his hand and told him not to.

Instead of stopping, he pinched her breast. She blamed him but he sexually assaulted her a third time by reaching into her bra. She pushed his hand away.