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The man has now been cleared by the jury of the serious charges according to pressdemocrat.com. The man was potentially facing 9 years in prison if he had been convicted.
There is definitely no winners in a case like this, and I can't help but speculate if this is a case that should have been brought to court in the first place?
41-year-old Santa Rosa karate instructor was cleared of felony child-sex charges involving a teenage student who witnesses said developed a crush on him.What is your take on this case - or indeed similar cases of martial arts instructors being accused of felony sexual crimes and later cleared.
Jason Bates was accused of kissing and groping the 13-year-old girl in 2007 during classes at the Finley Community Center and at a private martial arts party at his house.