MMA Fighter Arrested for Kidnapping, Assaulting Minors.
By Olga Espina, June 16, 2011
VAN NUYS (KTLA) — A Van Nuys martial arts trainer was arrested Thursday after authorities claimed he kidnapped and molested several minors while impersonating an officer.
Joseph Reyes Rogero, 24, was arrested around 10 a.m. Thursday after LAPD detectives received several complaints of child annoying and child molest.
According to a statement from LAPD, he was arrested after an “exhaustive investigation” for kidnap and molesting several minors near Lawrence Middle School on Variel Avenue.
He faces 19 felony charges including kidnapping for child molesting and lewd acts on a child.
He is also accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer.
Rogero is accused of trying to arrest a 14-year-old girl as well as molesting another girl after telling her he needed to put a tracking device in her bra, police said.
Rogero is employed as a fighter/trainer at the M1 Global Gym on Canoga Avenue in Chatsworth.
He is being held on $1 million bail.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims.