Martial arts instructor accused of sexually assaulting minor

Timothy Gutierrez

Hollister police officers arrested a 51-year-old man on Monday – a martial arts instructor at Technique Studio on Sixth Street – on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female under age 14.

According to a police report, officers arrested Timothy Gutierrez, 51, at the martial arts studio located at 211 Sixth St. in Hollister. Police reported that the victim’s parent alleged there was inappropriate contact between the child, who was a student at the martial arts studio until her parents discovered the reported inappropriate contact with Gutierrez and the instructor.

The parents reported the alleged crime to police Sunday. The police statement said an investigation by Hollister police officers, detectives, the district attorney investigators and Child Protective Services staff members produced probable cause for an arrest.

Gutierrez was booked into the San Benito County Jail on Monday accused of one charge of lewd acts with a child and one charge of sexual penetration. He is being held on $550,000 bail.

According to police, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the case or similar cases should call Detective Theresa Aguilera at (831) 636-4330. People who wish to remain anonymous may call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a rewad of up to $1,000.

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