Children report sexual assault by employee at kids’ martial arts studio

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PARKER, Colo. -- Two minor children said they were touched inappropriately by a former employee at Otomi Martial Arts in Parker. The suspect was arrested Thursday.

Parker Detectives arrested 20-year-old Jose Hilario Soto at his Denver home on multiple charges including Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust, Enticement of a Child, False Imprisonment and Assault in the Third Degree.

Detectives learned that Soto occasionally volunteered at Otomi in Parker between March and May 2017, before becoming a paid employee at the studio on May 22.

Soto also occasionally volunteered at Otomi in Aurora over the last three years. The incidents took place at the studio in Parker and the victims were enrolled in classes at the studio at the time.

The owner of the martial arts studio, Ranulfo Gonzalez, said it’s a tough time right now for his studio and the families involved.

“It's shocking and other than that, I'm at a loss for words. I wish I had more to say but I'm just at a loss for words,” said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is now working with police and families involved on this case.

“At the moment we are just trying to make sure we do the best we can right now for the families that are involved, making sure our members are taken care of so this never happens again,” said Gonzalez.

Soto would not come to the door, but his dad spoke with FOX31 about the allegations. His dad said it’s a misunderstanding.

“That is not right. He don’t do nothing so they don’t understand the interpretation, what he pretend to say. But he is coaching and that’s all about it. I mean, he has a physical touch with all the kids and everything so that’s probably what happened,” said Soto’s father.

The owners of Otomi Martial Arts have been cooperative with the investigation and Soto is no longer employed by the studio.

Soto was arrested by Parker Police and booked into the Douglas County Jail.

Parker Police continue to investigate this incident and will recommend the filing of charges. Authorities aren't certain these children are the only victims and urge anyone with information to contact local police.