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Yakima Ju-Jitsu Instructor Booked in Jail for Child Rape Charges

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YAKIMA, WA-- Martial Arts teach people about honor, respect and discipline. So when allegations came out that a Yakima Martial Arts instructor may have had inappropriate relations with a minor, it sent shockwaves through the community.

It's a story that's shocking everyone. But Danny Dodd said he first heard the disturbing news over a year ago when a young girl switched to his martial arts studio after being treated inappropriately by her last instructor, 35-year-old Cristiano Oliveira.

Oliveira is the head instructor at Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Yakima.

"The father was smart enough to get them out of the situation, and brought them to continue to train with me," said Dodd, Owner of Samurai Martial Arts. "Because the kids love martial arts, they just obviously couldn't stay in that situation so we were outraged initially. Mostly because there wasn't enough evidence to do anything at the time."

But now Oliveira sits behind bars.

According to court documents, a 20-year-old girl recently told police an alarming history of sexual assault. She told officers she was made to engage in sexual intercourse with her martial arts instructor, Cristiano Oliveira at least 100 times between August of 2008 and October of 2010. At that time she was only 14 to 16-years-old.

She told police she felt like she'd been "broken" from the sexual encounters.

"For someone to be using their influence, their position in a way that is unfitting of that, it's a detriment to the entire community," said Dodd.

Yakima Police Detectives said they arranged a confrontation between the girl and Oliveira. Police said Oliveira confirmed the girl's stories.

The judge set Oliveira's bail at $1 million, and his passport has been confiscated so he can't escape to his home country, Brazil.

Oliveira faces charges of child molestation, rape of a child and sexual misconduct with a minor.



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YAKIMA, WA. - NBC Right now has obtained court documents in regards to the rape allegations against Ju-Jitsu instructor Cristiano Oliveira.

Court documents show a girl was made to engage in sexual intercourse at least 100 times between August 2008 to October 2010. Investigators say the girl was 14 when the incidents first started happening. Oliveira is listed as a martial arts instructor on the Gracie Barra Brazilian Jui-Jitsu website.
The studio is located along 72nd St. in Yakima.

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YAKIMA, WA - A Yakima man was booked into the Yakima County Jail on charges of child rape Wednesday. 

According to the Yakima County Department of Corrections online jail roster, Cristiano Oliveira was booked on charges of child rape, child molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. 
   
Cristiano Oliveira, 35 is listed as a martial arts instructor on the Gracie Barra Brazilian Jui-Jitsu website.The studio is located 72nd St. in Yakima. 

Bail has not been set.
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