The famously mercurial Victor Ortiz has truly outdone himself in the worst possible way. The Ventura County Star reported today that Ortiz turned himself in to the Oxnard Police Department and was charged with “three felony sexual assault charges, including forcible rape.” The charges stem from an incident on March 19th.
His bail is set at $100,000.
Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KO) was set to face John Molina Jr. this Sunday in his first fight since a questionable draw against Devon Alexander in February. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that’s not happening, although after hearing how UFC fighter Abdul Razak Alhassan recently competed while out on bond for rape charges, nothing would surprise me.
“Vicious” has always been a little unhinged, but for a while it was in a harmless, amusing way, like competing on Dancing With the Stars or shilling FaceLube. Things have taken a dark turn in recent years, as he was arrested for DUI in 2016 while on probation for kicking a guy at a Kenny Chesney concert and subsequently violated the new probation last July. Considering that last one took place after the alleged sexual assault, these might not be unconnected.
Fingers crossed at least some modicum of justice is done.