Looks like this is not a good week for MMA fighters and the law. First Chael, then Ricco Rodriguez and now Hermes Franca. Let’s hope that the ‘everything happens in threes rule’ will come into effect when it comes to our fighters getting in trouble with the law this week. I’m crossing my fingers that this is the last one we have to tell you about for at least the next 3 days.
According to a story on MMAJunkie.com, Hermes Franca turned himself into authorities in Clackamas County Oregon on Monday to face charges of sexual abuse and unlawful sexual penetration. He was arraigned on Tuesday and plead not guilty to a total of nine charges including seven counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and two counts of unlawful sexual penetration.
He is alleged to have sexually abused a minor female at a Jiu Jitsu school in Clackamas County. In light of this news, Mark Pavelich has ‘immediately’ released Franca from his MFC contract and he will now not be fighting Drew Fickett for the lightweight belt in June. His trial date is set for July 12th and his attorney is denying the charges and also reminding everyone that Hermes is “innocent until proven guilty.”
According to the MMA Junkie report, each of “these charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 75 months in jail. If found guilty and charges don’t run concurrent that means major jail time for Hermes. Do the math-that could be around 56 years in prison. Fifty-six years is longer than most chimpanzee lifespans and longer than the shelf life of beef jerky and potted meat. Wow. [source]