UFC lightweight title contender Hermes
Franca was sentenced to 42 months in prison on Friday after
being convicted of sexually abusing an underage girl at a
Clackamas, Ore., martial arts school where he once taught,
according to a report in The Oregonian.
The report stated that Franca, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of
unlawful penetration and one count of first-degree sexual abuse in
Clackamas County Court on Wednesday. Franca was arraigned in May on
seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of
second-degree unlawful sexual penetration. The remaining counts
Franca was also sentenced to four-and-a-half years post-prison
supervision and must register as a sex offender. The Oregonian
reported that Franca turned himself into authorities in May after a
warrant was issued for his arrest. The encounter with the female
student occurred in December 2010.
Franca, a native of Fortaleza, Brazil, fought nine times for the
UFC from 2007 to 2009, suffering a technical knockout loss to
Griffin in his last appearance at UFC
103. Franca fought Sean Sherk for
the lightweight title in 2007, dropping a unanimous decision. After
the bout, Franca tested positive for steroids and was suspended by
the California State Athletic Commission until July 5 of 2008.
Since his release from the UFC in 2009, Franca had fought eight
times for various regional promotions. He won three of four bouts
in 2011, suffering a knockout loss to Thawa Ril in
his last fight on April 29.