A south Ottawa martial arts instructor has been acquitted of sexual assault charges involving one of his former students.

A student reported to police in October 2013 that she was inappropriately touched by Ahmed Saroughi, the co-owner of Saroughi Martial Arts at 1844 Bank St.

Saroughi was then charged with assault, sexual assault and sexual exploitation. 

During a three-day trial in February 2015, he was acquitted on all charges, according to his defence lawyer Joseph Addelman.