A Victorian yoga teacher who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl while her mother was on another mat just three feet away has been jailed.
Chandra Bhoga, 47, welcomed the young girl and her unnamed mother to her home in Tarneit, west Melbourne, for a yoga class in July 2018.
After the daughter complained of breathing problems and congestion, Bhoga gave the mother a series of poses to complete as he got closer to her daughter.
The father-of-two then twice sexually assaulted the 15-year-old, touching her under her bra and underwear.
He also grabbed her wrist and tried to get her to touch his penis. When she resisted, Bhoga asked her, “Are you uncomfortable?
The 15-year-old said “no”.
“You feel a little tense,” he told her at the end of class.
“We will continue this another time.”
Bhoga, who had pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a child under 16, appeared in Victoria County court on Friday, where he was sentenced to four years in prison.
He must serve at least one year and seven months before being eligible for parole.
Judge Frank Gucciardo said the 47-year-old demonstrated “bare-faced manipulation” by abusing the girl during a yoga class at her home after winning her mother’s trust.
“The violation of the physical integrity of a child by an adult is not only shameful and odious for the community, but also leaves long-standing damage and trauma, which destroys lives for years,” said Gucciardo in Bhoga.
“This offense is particularly flagrant, committed in the presence of the mother of the child.
“Your moral guilt is high (and) your conduct is reprehensible, motivated by sexual gratification.”
The girl’s mother had previously said her daughter suffered from a “scourge of anxiety” since the abuse, as well as a loss of “sleep and serenity”.
Bhoga has already served one month of detention.