Physical trainer arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

Physical trainer arrested on suspicion of sexual assault
Douglas Anders

A woman has accused an Omaha physical trainer of multiple sexual assaults over a period of seven years — some when the accuser was a minor, Omaha police said Monday.

Douglas Anders, 57, was booked into jail Friday afternoon and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday. Prosecutors plan to charge him with first-degree sexual assault.

He posted 10 percent of his $150,000 bail, or $15,000, to be released.

Anders, who works at Metabolic Engineering and Recovery Center at 8722 Mockingbird Lane, said in a written statement Monday that he has filed lawsuits against the woman and her parents for “defamation and interference of business.”

“All allegations against me are totally false,” Anders wrote in an email. “She always had several professionals around her during her training. I have not seen or talked to her since April.”

The woman spoke about the alleged assaults in July to a therapist, who then contacted police. The woman said the assaults occurred from 2011 to March 2018 and that Anders “used deception” to sexually assault her.

The woman did not respond Monday to multiple attempts to reach her.

According to his bio on the gym’s website, Anders invented the Free Flex Auto Stretcher, a gym machine that helps increase flexibility.

Cindy Andrew, who answered the phone at the gym Monday afternoon, said she has been a friend of Anders’ and has worked out at his gym for 15 years.

“The charges against him are absolutely ridiculous,” Andrew said.

Police are asking people who think they may have been the victim of a crime committed by Anders to call the department’s child victim/sexual assault unit at 402-444-5636.

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