A man has been charged after allegedly posing as a yoga instructor and assaulting two women in central Queensland.
Police said the 28-year-old man had entered the Mackay business in Carl Court on April 21, where he had allegedly touched the women inappropriately.
“The broad allegation is that person entered a business in Carl Court and he then assaulted two women under the guise of instructing them in some yoga poses,” Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Eaton said.
The man, from Bucasia in Mackay, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault.
He has been granted bail and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court Tuesday June 26.
Police believe he may be responsible for other alleged assaults of women in the area and are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Eaton confirmed there had been other reports of sexual assaults in the last five months, with women telling police they had been approached by a man claiming to be a yoga instructor.
While there is no established link between between the alleged fitness studio assault and former incidents, police are “keeping an open mind” in their investigation.
“What police are very interested in this morning is reports from women and other third hand information,” Eaton said.
“We believe that person has approached women stating that he was a yoga instructor or could show them fitness movements and in the course of that they’ve been sexually assaulted and inappropriately touched.”
The alleged victims have been in their 20s to 30s and were approached by the man in public parks and beaches.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have been assaulted or who have witnessed anything suspicious in the Northern Beaches area to contact police.
“The information that we have is that the offences have occurred in daylight hours and any assault of a person, particularly of women in public places is a matter of concern for us and we will always take it very seriously,” Eaton said.