AURORA, Colo. - A Tae Kwon Do instructor convicted of having sexual relationships with three of his young female students is wanted after failing to appear in court when a jury delivered their verdict.
Raul Gutierrez-Hernandez was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust as part of a pattern of abuse. The victims were between 12 and 16 years old, according to the office of the District Attorney.
"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," District Attorney George Brauchler said in a comment provided by his office.
When Gutierrez-Hernandez did not appear in court for the verdict Tuesday afternoon, the judge issued an arrest warrant without bond.
Gutierrez-Hernandez, 33, owned, operated and taught at Tae Kwon Do Tegura in Aurora, where he was known as Master Raul.
According to his online profile, Gutierrez-Hernandez is a fourth-degree black belt, a four-time Mexican National champion and a former Colorado state team coach.