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Boxer Who Once Appeared On 'Dancing With The Stars' Turns Himself In After Rape Accusation

Victor Ortiz has since been charged with forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, and forcible digital penetration.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Boxer Victor Ortiz turned himself in to police on Tuesday, months after being accused of rape, according to a press release shared by the Oxnard, California Police Department on Tuesday.

Ortiz, 31, turned himself in at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department East Valley Station at around 3 p.m., where he was booked on charges of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, and forcible digital penetration, according to police. His bail was reportedly set at $100,000.

An unidentified woman first contacted the police department in Oxnard on March 19 to report that she had been sexually assaulted “inside a residence in the city of Oxnard,” police say. Following an investigation by the department’s Family Protection Unit that spanned several months, Ortiz was identified as a suspect and authorities issued a warrant for his arrest, according to the department’s statement.

Ortiz, who has been featured in multiple films in addition to dabbling in reality TV with an appearance on “Dancing With The Stars” in 2013, has found himself on the wrong side of the law multiple times in recent years. He pleaded guilty in October to driving under the influence in September 2016 and received a three-year probation sentence, the Ventura County Star reports. The outlet also noted that Ortiz was previously arrested in July 2015 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after getting into a fight at a Kenny Chesney concert. The deadly weapon in question? His foot, apparently. He was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery, according to ESPN.

Ortiz is scheduled to go up against John Molina Jr. in a 12-round bout in Ontario, California on Sunday, ESPN reports. The status of the fight is currently unknown.

[Photo: Oxnard Police Department]

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