04/05/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Aspen Yoga Instructor Faces Sex-Offender Status

ASPEN -- The attorney for an Aspen yoga instructor accused of having unlawful sexual contact with two of his clients refused to cut a deal Tuesday with prosecutors because the suspect faces a lifetime on the state's sex offender registry.

Steven Jon Roger, 48, appeared in Pitkin County Court, where prosecutor Richard Nedlin announced that four sexual contact without consent charges, all misdemeanors, have been dropped.

However, Roger is scheduled to go to a jury trial in March for two other misdemeanor sexual contact charges, of which prosecutors say the yoga teacher made direct, physical contact with the private areas of two students at the yoga studio O2 Aspen.

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