Former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz is officially in the clear with respect to criminal charges stemming from a sexual assault case, according to a report by TMZ.
In 2018, the 33-year-old Ortiz was alleged to have raped a woman at a residence in Oxnard, California.
After the allegations were made, Ortiz was hit with three felony charges – including forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and forcible digital penetration.
Ortiz was facing a lengthy prison sentence if convicted and spent the last two years fighting the charges in court.
The case was formally dismissed at a court hearing on Monday — and according to court records obtained by TMZ, prosecutors say they simply could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Ortiz issued a statement in the aftermath.
“Although I was confident this would be the result, this still has been a terrible and unimaginable ordeal that I am relieved to put behind me,” Ortiz stated.
“With this case no longer my focus, I look forward to picking up and advancing my boxing and entertainment careers. I can’t wait to get back in the gym. I also look forward to spending my time with my two young children, my family and loyal friends without the weight of these charges hanging over me and my loved ones.”
Ortiz was scheduled to face John Molina in September 2018 – but the contest was dropped after he was arrested for sexual assault.
With a record of 32-6-3, Ortiz has been out of the ring since going to a draw with Devon Alexander in February 2018.
Noel Galang – Kamao TV