Former Aspen yoga instructor starts jail sentence for unlawful sexual contact

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By Stephanie Wolf

ASPEN, Colo. — Steven Roger, a former Aspen yoga instructor, will begin his jail sentence in July after having been convicted on two counts of unlawful sexual contact in 2010, according to the Aspen Daily News.

Roger, 51, was convicted by a jury after two women testified against him, saying he had groped them while adjusting their yoga positions in class. He appealed the conviction last month, but was denied by a district court judge.

On Tuesday, Roger and his attorney, Tamas Viski-Hanka of Denver, appeared before a judge by phone. Viski-Hanka asked the judge to consider giving Roger additional community service rather than making him serve jail time.

Deputy District Attorney Jason Slothouber argued it is important for Roger to serve out his time in jail. The judge tended to agree with Slothouber, declining Viski-Hanka’s request.

The former yoga instructor was sentenced to serve two months in the Pitkin County Jail. Additionally, the judge sentenced him to 48 months of probation, 120 hours of community service and $10,000 in fines, as well as $16,500 in restitution to the two victims.

Roger was ordered to register as a sexual offender and undergo sexual-offender treatment.

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