LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4)– Police across the Denver metro area want to find a former Tae Kwon Do instructor convicted of sexually assaulting his students.
Raul Gutierrez-Hernandez is a fugitive after failing to show up in Arapahoe County court on Tuesday to hear the jury’s guilty verdict.
Every police agency in the state is looking for him.
Gutierrez-Hernandez was found guilty on Tuesday of a dozen sexual abuse charges. He was free on bond and failed to appear in court for the trial.
“That this guy used constitutional rights not to take responsibility for what he did but to force these three young victims that he chose, he groomed and he victimized, forced them to come into court and relive what he did to them and then he didn’t even have the guts to stand there and listen to the jury’s verdict, a jury he insisted upon. That’s just gutless,” said Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler.
He was initially charged in 2011. He ran a studio in Aurora where he taught girls self defense.
The assaults began in 2008 and were committed at his studio and on trips to tournaments around the state. Since his arrest his practice has been shut down.
Prosecutors said when he is captured the escape will be added onto his prison sentence.