Hearing set for Aspen yoga teacher accused of sex assaults | AspenTimes.com

Hearing set for Aspen yoga teacher accused of sex assaults

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A preliminary hearing was set Monday in the case against an Aspen yoga instructor accused of multiple charges in connection with alleged sexual assaults at a local studio.

Steven Jon Roger, 47, faces two felony counts of sexual assault and five misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual contact that stem from alleged incidents between 2005 and 2008. His preliminary hearing is to take place at 3 p.m. May 4 in Pitkin County District Court.

If convicted, he faces more than 12 years in state prison. Roger appeared in court Monday with his attorney, Tamas Viski-Hanka of Denver.

He was arrested Jan. 8 after a number of woman told authorities that Roger assaulted them in varying ways, police said.

The alleged offenses took place at O2 Aspen.

In other penal issues, Thomas Andrew Kiplingbaugh of Corona del Mar, Calif., made his first court appearance Monday. He was arrested in February for allegedly bilking a Pitkin County builder out of nearly $1 million.

After a brief hearing, Kiplingbaugh surrendered to authorities. He was taken to the Pitkin County jail, fingerprinted and booked.

Kiplingbaugh, 54, was expected to post a $50,000 cash bond and be released Monday.

He was taken into custody Feb. 24 in Newport Beach, Calif., on a warrant issued out of Pitkin County.

The warrant alleges Kiplingbaugh cheated Wodehouse Builders in Aspen out of $990,000 between September 2007 and March 2008. He was a manager for the builder at the time the alleged misdeeds took place.

Kiplingbaugh made a number of cash transfers to pay for items, including a home on Sierra Vista Drive, the warrant states. The allegedly ill-gained money was also used to buy cars, pay for private schooling and other personal uses.

Also, William Kai Beech, 28, pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor count of third-degree assault for slugging a waiter at a Main Street restaurant in March.

Chief Judge James Boyd sentenced Beech, of Aspen, to a year of unsupervised probation. He was also ordered to perform 35 hours of community service.

Beech, a rugby player and former Aspen Daily News staff writer, was originally charged with felony assault in connection with the incident that took place at La Cantina. He was also charged with misdemeanor assault.

He faced up to six years in prison if convicted of the alleged offenses.

Beech was arrested on the evening of March 4 after he hit and knocked down a waiter at the restaurant, according to an affidavit filed in Pitkin County Court.


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