A south Ottawa martial arts instructor is facing 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 Street.

Saroughi, a 46-year-old who also goes by Sam, has been charged with assault, sexual assault and sexual exploitation. 

Sgt. Patricia Ferguson said police are encouraging any other potential victims to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section at 613-236-1222 ext. 5944.