South Bay jiu-jitsu instructor gets 6 years in prison for assaulting girl

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. -- A martial arts instructor who sexually assaulted a girl at his National City home was sentenced Friday to six years in state prison.

Gabriel Abel Gonzalez, 39, pleaded guilty last month to a single count of committing a lewd act on a child under 14.

Gonzalez, a jiu-jitsu teacher formerly based in Chula Vista, was arrested last August by National City police, who said the crimes happened at the defendant's home, not at the gym where he taught classes. The criminal complaint, which originally listed four counts of lewd acts with a child against Gonzalez, states that the crimes happened on Aug. 18.

Gonzalez worked at the Chula Vista Jiu-Jitsu Club for six months prior to his arrest and Alliance Eastlake, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu training gym, before that for two years, according to his boss.

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