Boxer Victor Ortiz charged with multiple counts of sexual assault | Boxing
Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz turned himself in to the Oxnard (Calif.) Police Department on Tuesday afternoon and was formally charged with three counts of felony sexual assault. He was released on $100,000 bail from the Ventura County Jail.
Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KOs) is scheduled to face John Molina Jr. in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions event Sunday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. A source has told The Los Angeles Times that Ortiz will be fighting on the show.
“He’s going to fight,” an official connected to the card told the Times. “We got him out of jail, he’s home.”
Sporting News reached out to PBC officials and has yet to receive comment.
The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office charged Ortiz with forcible rape, forcible oral sex and forcible digital penetration. He is due in court Oct. 10.
According to the police report, on March 19, an adult female reported to the Oxnard Police Department that she was sexually assaulted inside a home. The department’s family protection unit immdediately opened an investigation. Investigators brought the charges to the District Attorney’s Office, which led to a warrant being issued for Ortiz’s arrest.
On Tuesday, before he turned himself in to police, Sporting News interviewed Ortiz and asked the boxer about what he learned from his 2016 DUI arrest and a 2015 incident in which he was arrested after allegedly assaulting a man at a Kenny Chesney concert. He simply said, “I’m still here.”
Ortiz won the WBC belt from Andre Berto in April 2011, but has struggled since his fourth-round knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather the following September, going 3-4-1 in his past eight fights. He has also appeared in “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Expendables 3.”
He last fought in February and had a controversial draw against Devon Alexander.