According to The Denver Post, a Spirit Warrior Martial Arts instructor has been charged for sexual assault.
Charles Niemi, 65-years-old, was arrested on two counts of suspicion of sexually assaulting a child. The victim is said to be a student of the martial arts instructor. Niemi is believed to have a pattern of abuse. He remains employed by the Spirit Warrior Martial Arts in Centennial.
Niemi is being held without bond at Douglas County Detention Facility. Police believe there may be more victims of Niemi. However, more details regarding the assault have not been released.
Attorney contributor Dan Lipman, an experienced sex abuse lawyer, represents victims sexually abused in civil lawsuits. Below, Dan highlights the rights of victims sexually assaulted by a coach or instructor.
“Martial arts organizations have a legal obligation to protect their students. These organizations and centers must do their best to prevent hiring predators to work children. Sadly, sexual predators are sometimes seen working in these centers with children and abusing their positions of power and trust to exploit the students. These organizations and centers must protect students from sexual predators, or they may be considered liable.”
“Victims should contact an experienced sexual abuse attorney to help determine whether the organization provided adequate security or may be considered liable. If the organization or center did not have adequate security in place, they could be deemed negligent. An example of negligence is if previous reports of misconduct surfaced against the instructor, but the organization allowed the instructor to continue working with children. In such cases, the victim and their family may have grounds for a civil lawsuit against the organization or center.”