Professional boxer Victor Ortiz turned himself in on Tuesday for allegedly raping a woman in Oxnard.
On March 19, 2018, an adult female reported to the Oxnard Police that she was sexually assaulted inside her residence in Oxnard. The Oxnard Police Department’s Family Protection Unit took over the criminal investigation and identified the suspect as 31-year old Victor Manuel Ortiz from Tarzana.
“The victim in this case actually went to a local hospital and then the police were notified,” said Officer Sharon Giles with the Oxnard Police.
At one point in his boxing career, Ortiz called Ventura home.
After a several-months-long investigation, the case was presented to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, and an arrest warrant was issued for Ortiz.
On September 25 Ortiz turned himself in at the Ventura County Sheriff Department’s East Valley Station at about 3:00 p.m.
Ortiz was booked for forcible rape, oral copulation, and digital penetration. Ortiz posted a $100,000 bail and released on the same day. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 10, 2018.
“I’ll be honest with you, if we did not have a strong case then Mr. Ortiz he would have never been arrested,” said Giles.
Hector Alvarez lives next to the Knuckleheads Boxing gym in Oxnard where Ortiz was known to train. Alvarez says this is out of Ortiz’s character.
“He is a good kid, I will tell you that, but I don’t know what happened to him,” said Alvarez.
This is not the first time Ortiz has come face-to-face with the law, in 2017 he pled guilty to a misdemeanor DUI and was placed on a three year probation and in 2015 he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly beating up a fan during a concert.
Ortiz was supposed to go head-to-head with John Molina Jr. on Sunday but that fight has been canceled.
Molina said in an Instagram post that he was ready to fight and will be in the ring soon.