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Hermes Franca Sentenced To 42 Months In Sexual Abuse Case

Former UFC lightweight contender Hermes Franca was given just over three years in prison today after entering a guilty plea to charges related to the sexual abuse of an underage girl at his Clackamas County, Oregon jiu-jitsu academy in December of 2010.

Originally arrested on seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree unlawful penetration, OregonLive reports that Franca pleaded guilty to one count of each for a sentence of forty-two months in prison, with the other charges being dropped.

As part of his sentence, Franca will also be subject to four and a half years of supervision after he serves his prison term and will be mandated to register as a sex offender.

Once a challenger for the UFC lightweight title, Franca was cut from that promotion after going on a 1-3 stretch that saw him pop positive for steroids. He would continue in a slump, losing three straight to unheralded competition.

He picked up three wins this year, but lost via second round knockout in his most recent appearance, which came in April against the unknown Thawa Ril in Pernambuco, Brazil.