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Say it ain’t so, Hermes!

Earlier today, Sherdog reported that Hermes Franca was sitting in jail on sexual assault charges. There weren’t a lot of details past that, so I figured I’d wait a bit until some more info was available. Now MMA Junkie lays things out:

Franca stands accused of sexually abusing a female minor at a jiu-jitsu academy in Clackamas, Ore., where he once taught. He turned himself into the Clackamas County Jail on Monday.

At an arraignment hearing on Tuesday, Franca plead not guilty to seven counts of sex abuse in the first degree and two counts of unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree. His bail has been set at $250,000.

Each of the charges against Franca carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 75 months, Chief Deputy District Attorney Greg Horner of the Clackamas County District Attorney’s office today told (

Horner said Franca has been “cooperative” with the District Attorney’s office.

A release hearing for Franca is set for Friday, and his counsel is expected to ask for a reduction of his bail. He has retained a Portland-based lawyer, Ryan Corbridge, to represent him.

“We adamantly deny these allegations and want to point out that he’s innocent until proven guilty,” Corbridge said today.

I can only hope this is some sort of horrible mixup. Anyone who’s ever done BJJ knows that the only difference between it and rape is the 75 bucks a month you pay for jiu jitsu classes.

  • frickshun

    horrible sexup

    Say it ain’t so minority male left alone with defenseless white woman.

  • Letibleu

    Here is what the state lists as First degree. Wonder which one happened 7 times. Also second degree penetration: Is that anal? Maybe she collected troll dolls as a kid, got confused and regretted after. Maybe it was consentual and then then parents found out he wasnt white.


    First Degree Sexual Abuse (Class B felony)

    • sexual intercourse or sexual contact without consent which causes pregnancy or great bodily harm, or
    • sexual intercourse or sexual contact without consent accomplished by use or threat of use of a dangerous weapon, or
    • sexual intercourse or sexual contact without consent while aided or abetted by one or more persons through the use or threat of force or violence.


  • thingvolds

    “the 75 bucks a month you pay for jiu jitsu classes.”

    you must mean $175

  • Grappo

    wow.  this is disappointing.

  • FiveBoltMain

    You let me down Ryan. You should have made fun of the DA’s last name.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    Good week to be an MMA fighter arrested for assault(s) and felonies – there’s so many fighters up on charges that it’s difficult to just focus on one case.