Lakeway martial arts instructor accused of sexually assaulting student

Daniel Gillie
Daniel Gillie

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A martial arts instructor is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl for three years while she was his student, according to court documents.

The victim told Austin police detectives that Daniel Gillie, 28, started making advances in 2011 when she was 13 years old and newly enrolled in the Champion Martial Arts School in Lakeway. Court records state the girl started taking classes for six months before she started private lessons with Gillie.

Gille, who is a co-owner of the school, convinced the girl’s parents to enroll her in an online school program called Penn Foster to spend more time with him and the martial arts school.

In September 2011, Gillie would pick up the victim from her home saying it was for “marketing” the Champion Martial Arts Instructor program, according to investigators. The victim said Gillie told her how he liked her and wanted to start dating her, according to the arrest affidavit. Police say the sexual assault started at the end of 2011.

“Daniel told her that she needed to have sex with him at least four times a day because that is what his girlfriend does,” explained an investigator in court documents.

The victim told police the sexual encounters continued through March 2014 until, “she got the courage to leave Daniel.”

Gillie is currently in the Travis County Jail charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Warning signs that an adult may be using their relationship with a child for sexual reasons

  • If they buy expensive gifts or give children money for no apparent reason.
  • If they regularly offer to babysit the child for free or take a child on overnight outings alone.
  • If they frequently walk the child or teen to the bathroom.
  • And if they treat a particular child as a favorite… making them feel special compared with others in the family.

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