Former UFC lightweight title challenger Hermes Franca was sentenced to three and a half years in jail yesterday for sexual abuse of an underage student. The original charges were seven counts of sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful sexual penetration but a guilty plea got those charges reduced to one count of each.
Hermes Franca Barros, 37, pleaded guilty in Clackamas County Court on Wednesday to one count of unlawful penetration and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. He was sentenced to 3½ years in prison.
He was arraigned in May on seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration. The remaining counts were dismissed.
Barros will also have four and a half years of post-prison supervision and must register as a sex offender.
Barros, a resident of Jupiter, Fla., turned himself in to Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputies in May after a warrant was issued for his arrest, stemming from a December 2010 encounter with one of his students.
I'll refrain from any comment here as I don't have any more details, but it's been a very quick decline for Franca since getting his title challenge.