Former professional boxing champion Victor Ortiz has been arrested and charged with rape and sexual assault by authorities in southern California
Former professional boxing champion Victor Ortiz is out of jail after being arrested on rape and sexual assault charges in Southern California, and the 31-year old still plans on fighting Sunday.
Ortiz, the one-time WBC welterweight title holder, surrendered to authorities in Oxnard on Tuesday, and as one official connected to Sunday’s fight card told the
‘He’s going to fight,’ the official said. ‘We got him out of jail, he’s home.’
Ortiz, who has ventured into acting with appearances in films like Expendables 3 and Southpaw, was charged on Monday by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.
Ortiz has also appeared on ABC’s popular show Dancing With The Stars.
Ortiz faces three felony sexual assault charges, including forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, and forcible digital penetration,
Oxnard police said Ortiz turned himself in to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office East Valley station just before 3pm local time on Tuesday.
According to court records, authorities launched an investigation on March 19 when a woman contacted police to file a complaint about a sexual assault.
Ortiz, the onetime WBC welterweight title holder, surrendered to authorities in Oxnard on Tuesday. He is seen right during a welterweight fight against Andre Berto (left) at StubHub Center in Carson, California on April 30, 2016
The 31-year-old, who has ventured into acting with appearances in films like Expendables 3 and Southpaw, was charged on Monday by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office
Ortiz has also appeared on ABC’s popular show Dancing With The Stars. He is seen far right alongside Lindsay Arnold (center) and host Tom Bergeron (left) during a show which aired on April 15, 2013
Police identified Ortiz as a suspect on that date, according to Oxnard police Commander Sharon Giles.
Ortiz is still scheduled to fight a welterweight bout against two-time world title challenger John Molina Jr. in Ontario, California this Sunday.
Ortiz, who has a boxing record of 32-6-3, including 25 knockouts, is best known in the sports world for losing the world championship to Floyd Mayweather in a fourth-round knockout in 2011. Ortiz has struggled since the loss to Mayweather, going 3-3-1 in his last seven bouts.
He has had a history of run-ins with the law. In 2016, he was cited for driving under the influence.
In 2015, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a man at a Kenny Chesney concert at the Rose Bowl.