There was a time for MMA fans when the mention of Joe Son would be met with laughter and either a mention of his being repeatedly punched in the groin by Keith Hackney at UFC 4 or showing up in an animal print thong at a PRIDE event. A turn as Random Task in the first Austin Powers movie further endeared him to many fans.
The Joe Son saga has taken a very dark turn in recent years though. After being arrested for an unrelated charge, a DNA sample taken from Joe matched DNA collected at the scene of a gang rape which took place Christmas Eve of 1990. Last week he was found guilty of the charges, and now faces a max sentence of 15 years-to-life. E! Online has the very disturbing details:
The rape occurred on Dec. 24, 1990 at approximately 12:30 a.m. when the unidentified victim was walking back to her apartment alone with her dog after going to look at Christmas lights with a relative and friend.
Per the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Son distracted the woman by asking for directions and pretending he was lost. Son and co-defendant, Santiago Gaitan, then dragged her to their car and threw her in the back. After pistol whipping her and telling her they were driving to Compton, the men instead drove to Huntington Beach where they raped her repeatedly, sodomized her and forced her to give them oral sex.
The D.A. also stated that Son also threatened to kill her, penetrated her vagina with a firearm, and counted the bullets in the gun out loud while the victim pleaded for her life.
Unfortunately, the statute of limitations on the rape and forcible sodomy charges passed which forced the prosecution to only pursue torture and conspiracy to commit murder. He was found guilty on the torture chare.