Report: MMA Gym Owner Charged With Molestation
According to multiple reports, a MMA gym owner in Hialeah, Florida, has been charged with multiple counts of lewd and lascivious battery and molestation, after an alleged incident with a teenage student.
A report from the Miami Herald says that 50 year-old, Howard Puig was arrested and charged Thursday and has been released on bond. According to authorities, the 15 year-old, alleged victim claims Puig had him inhale an unknown substance and that he was unable to move as the criminal acts were performed. Puig was apparently the teenager’s caretaker at the time of the alleged incident.
In a follow up report from CBS Miami, Carl Zogby, Hialeah Police spokesman was quoted saying: “Not only did he abuse this kid, is he accused of that abusing one of his students, but he abused the trust they had in him.”
Puig is reportedly denying he committed any illegal acts. The gym has been shut down by the local building department due to various violations.