[CW: The following article details a report of sexual assault]
According to MMA Fighting former TUF 18 cast member Rafael de Freitas, who worked as a jiu jitsu coach in Albuquerque, NM, has been arrested and charged with third-degree sexual penetration.
Freitas, 37, was arrested on December 4 and will remain in custody until his trial at a date to be determined. The criminal complaint against Freitas states that a woman has accused Freitas of drugging her during a BJJ lesson at her home on November 7. The document stated that the woman handed home security camera footage over to police. Detectives investigating the incident claimed the tape showed evidence of Freitas “possibly” putting something in the woman’s drink.
Detectives further claimed that, after the woman passed out, Freitas forced oral sex and masturbation on her.
When reporting on his arrest the Albuquerque Journal described Freitas as a coach at Jackson Wink MMA Academy. A spokesperson for Jackson Wink has denied this claim.
Responding to MMA Fighting James Hallinan said: “I’ll be crystal clear: He has never been an employee of Jackson Wink Academy. He is not an employee and has never been an employee of Jackson Wink Academy. That’s the statement I have for you.”
On a now deleted instagram profile Freitas listed himself as chief instructor for Gracie Barra New Mexico Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Freitas joined Jackson Wink founders Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn in the corner of Holly Holm when she competed in the main event of UFC Fight Island 4 in October.
As a fighter Freitas amassed a pro record of 5-1-1. In 2013 he was eliminated from The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate in the preliminary round of the competition. According to BJJ Heroes Freitas is originally from Brasilia, Brazil and was a student of Carlos Gracie Jr.. He has medaled at the IBJJF World and Pan championships.