David Wolfsmith, a South Bay fitness trainer, is back in jail after authorities said in court Thursday that he poses a public safety threat. He’s accused of inappropriately touching multiple female clients inside his Morgan Hill gym, the Wolfpak, from 2006 to 2015.
Wolfsmith is now facing 22 sexual assault related charges, including child molestation. Authorities say Wolfsmith committed sexual battery by fraud when he lied to his alleged victims, telling them that the touching served a professional purpose. The list of former clients accusing him of unwanted sexual contact has grown to 13 people, including two teenage girls.
The judge granted Santa Clara County prosecutor Tim McInerny’s request to increase Wolfsmith’s bail to $750,000 and take him back to jail.
Police first arrested Wolfsmith in April. In June, authorities shut down his Morgan Hill gym. Last month the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit exposed that in August Wolfsmith registered a new personal training business in San Jose.
McInerny believes Wolfsmith poses a public safety risk to potential new clients.
“No one was looking after him and making sure he was complying with the rule of law,” McInerny said. “And we feel like we needed to protect the public and step in.”
Wolfsmith’s attorney, Sam Polverino, says his client is innocent. He says the police investigation was not objective and believes the case lacks evidence.
“When everything is said and done we believe the district attorney’s case will not be as they claim in court,” Polverino said.
Wolfsmith is expected back in court on Nov. 21.
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