Police: Manager misled investigators regarding personal trainer charged with sexual assault

A manager at a local gym was arrested Saturday, Aug. 4, charged with obstructing the investigation into allegations of sexual assault by a personal trainer.

Nicholas Padilla, 33, of Mix Avenue in Hamden, was charged with interfering with police.

Padilla was one of many people interviewed by police during their investigation into allegations that Patrick Myers, 44, of 45 Jefferson Road, had inappropriately touched female clients while working as a personal trainer.

Myers was arrested May 24, charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and breach of peace.

Police said at the time that Myers began to make sexually explicit comments to a woman, which she found offensive, during a workout session April 7 at The Edge Fitness Club. At the end of the training session, the two walked out of the gym at the same time and Myers reached out and grabbed her in an intimate area; she pushed his hand away and immediately left, according to the report.

The victim reported the incident the next day to the manager of the gym.

Myers was arrested again on July 5, charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, which is a felony, related to an incident alleged to have occurred Nov. 4, 2008.

Myers is being held in the Bridgeport Correction Center. He is due in court to face both sets of charges Aug. 9

Fairfield Police Sgt. Suzanne Lussier stressed that owners and management of the gym have been cooperative with investigators, who have also interviewed co-workers and clients of Myers, to determine if a pattern of behavior existed.

A search and seizure warrant revealed a history of disciplinary action for Myers’s treatment of clients and co-workers, police said when he was arrested in May. A background check of Myers revealed that he is a convicted felon, with a history of arrests of a similar nature, dating back to 1988.

Padilla, Lussier said, “intentionally misled” police during interviews.

Detectives asked Padilla if “at any time,” Lussier stressed, he had heard complaints about Myers from clients, co-workers or management about Myers. Padilla said he had not.

An alleged victim told police that she had complained directly to Padilla about conduct by Myers, Lussier said.

Another person told police that Padilla had been warned three times over the course of two years about conduct by Myers and subsequent complaints, Lussier said.

Lussier said Padilla also misled the owners of the gym regarding what he knew about Myers.

Padilla directly benefited from Myers remaining a trainer in the form of bonus payments, Lussier said.

Padilla was released on a promise to appear in court Aug. 17.

The investigation of alleged sexual misconduct by Myers remains open, Lussier said. Any person with information is asked to contact the Fairfield Police Detective Bureau at 203-254-4840.

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