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OTTAWA: Carmel Rouhani sexually abuses student, loses her martial arts dojo franchise

Karate school owner loses franchise over past abuse finding while a teacher

Douvris Martial Arts issued a statement to parents this week notifying them that it has severed its relationship with Carmel Rouhani of the Barrhaven Douvris Martial Arts franchise.
Douvris Martial Arts issued a statement to parents this week notifying them that it has severed its relationship with Carmel Rouhani of the Barrhaven Douvris Martial Arts franchise. KEN PAGAN / POSTMEDIA

The owner of an Ottawa martial arts dojo has lost her franchise rights following revelations that her school-teacher’s certificate was revoked last year after the Ontario College of Teachers ruled she had emotionally and sexually abused a student.

Douvris Martial Arts issued a statement to parents this week notifying them that it has severed its relationship with Carmel Rouhani of the Barrhaven Douvris Martial Arts franchise.

“Information has arisen which Ms. Rouhani failed to disclose at the beginning of her relationship with Douvris Martial Arts, and therefore, we are terminating our relationship with Ms. Rouhani,” the statement said. “Further, she has been advised not to have contact directly or indirectly with Douvris Martial Arts students. Martial Arts classes at the Barrhaven location are currently being taught by other Douvris instructors.”

Rouhani, 29, earned a bronze medal at the 2014 World Karate and Kickboxing Commission World Championships. She purchased the Barrhaven franchise in 2014.

Repeated messages seeking her comment Tuesday and Wednesday were not returned.

 

Douvris Martial Arts issued a statement to parents this week notifying them that it has severed its relationship with Carmel Rouhani of the Barrhaven Douvris Martial Arts franchise.

Douvris Martial Arts issued a statement to parents this week notifying them that it has severed its relationship with Carmel Rouhani of the Barrhaven Douvris Martial Arts franchise. DARREN BROWN / POSTMEDIA

According to the Discipline Committee of the Ontario College of Teachers, Rouhani’s certificate was revoked last year because of her actions involving a student at a school — part of the Near North District School Board — where she worked as a supply teacher between 2011 and 2013.

An agreed statement of facts that accompanied a guilty plea for professional misconduct found that the two started a friendship in the summer of 2012.

The document, accepted after a hearing under the Ontario College of Teachers Act on March 23, 2015, said they began texting, which escalated to more than 35,000 messages being exchanged in just over a year.

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