Former Nashua karate instructor pleads guilty to assaulting studentBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
October 12. 2017 11:55AM
NASHUA — A former Gate City karate instructor is temporarily prohibited from teaching martial arts to children after recently pleading guilty to assaulting a female student.
Daniel Rogers, 33, of Hazel Avenue, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child in an Aug. 14, 2016 incident at Complete Martial Arts Academy where he worked.
According to court records, Rogers reached a negotiated plea deal and received a suspended 12-month sentence pending good behavior for seven years.
Rogers admitted to biting a 10-year-old female student’s neck. He originally was charged with two counts of felonious sexual assault and on count of second-degree assault that alleged he inappropriately grabbed the girl but those charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
Rogers also was ordered to obtain a psycho-sexual evaluation and to have no unsupervised contact with anyone 17 or younger.
“Defendant shall not teach karate/martial arts or any other type of instruction to children 17 years of age or younger during the pendency of this sentence,” according to the agreement. “This means (Rogers) is not to instruct any subject or sport, chaperone any field trip or teach children in any way, shape or form.”
He also was ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family, according to court documents.
A police affidavit states the victim’s parents reported the alleged assaults in August 2016, stating that Rogers “had been putting his mouth on (the girl’s) neck multiple times, and had only stopped for a short period of time after her mother told Dan to stop.”
According to the victim’s mother, Rogers had apologized for first biting her daughter’s neck in 2015 and promised to quit, the affidavit says.
When the same thing happened in August 2016, the girl’s mother reported the incident to the studio’s owner and Rogers stated “he could not be forgiven for what he had done, and began to slap himself in the face,” according to court documents.
The victim told representatives from the Child Advocacy Center that Rogers would tell her that “she was his tasty snack,” according to court records.
Rogers had told police he had a special bond with the girl, admitting he placed his mouth on her neck and inappropriately touched her after the girl’s mother ordered him to stop.
His employment was terminated when detectives began investigating last summer.