Martial arts instructor convicted of having sex with teen students flees

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AURORA, Colo. — Police are looking for a former martial arts instructor who fled a courtroom just before a jury returned a verdict convicting him of having sex with three of his female students.

The guilty verdict was handed down by a jury in the trial of Raul Gutierrez-Hernandez Tuesday.

However, he failed to appear when the jury returned their verdict around 2 p.m. The judge has issued a warrant for his arrest.

Gutierrez-Hernandez was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, and as part of a pattern of abuse.

He was a Tae Kwan Do instructor who had a sexual relationship with three of his female students, when they were between 12 and 16 years old, said district attorney spokeswoman Lisa Pinto.  He was arrested in 2011.

“After sexually assaulting these girls in their formative years, and then forcing them to re-live their victimization in front of a jury, Gutierrez runs away from the jury’s verdict? His black belt in cowardice will look good with his prison overalls. Gutless,” said District Attorney George Brauchler.

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