Dubai: A bodybuilding coach has been jailed for three months for molesting a student while taking her body measurements at a gym.
The 17-year-old Egyptian student visited the gym in her neighbourhood in July.
As she registered, the 17-year-old went for her first training session with a female coach and on her way back home she saw the 34-year-old Pakistani bodybuilding coach waving for her outside the gym.
When asked by the coach why had she registered at the gym, the Egyptian student told him that she wanted to make her body shape better and fitter.
After he talked her into coming the next day to the gym at 3pm, the accused molested the teenager by touching her body parts in a private room while taking her body measurements.
The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the accused of molesting the student.
According to the primary judgement, the accused, who entered a not guilty plea, will be deported.
Police detained the bodybuilding coach after the girl and her mother accused him of touching the girl’s waist and bottom and trying to kiss her in the gym.
The girl said she finished her first training session with a female coach.
“When I was heading back home, the accused stopped me outside the gym. When I told him that I had become a member to improve my fitness and shape up my body, he told me to come the next day to train me. The next day he took me to one of the rooms where he said that he needed to measure my body. While doing so, he touched me improperly. I pushed him away instantly and asked him to stop. Then he asked me to drop my training pants, but I refused. He tried to pull them down, but I stopped him. Then he lifted up my top and tried to kiss me, but I pushed him and stepped back. I told my mother about what had happened and we reported the matter to the police,” she said.
The primary ruling remains subject to appeal.