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Hermes Franca Releases Statement From Jail Following Sexual Abuse Arrest


(“I am ashamed to admit that along the way I lost sight of what is truly important [in] life.”)

After being arrested last month for multiple counts of sexual abuse and unlawful sexual penetration on a victim under the age of 14, former UFC lightweight Hermes Franca has been cooling in Clackamas County Jail in Oregon City, Oregon, awaiting his July 12th trial date. Yesterday, he posted a letter on the UG in which he reflected on his life, and expressed regret about the way he sometimes lived it. Check it out:

Hello,

This is not a statement regarding my current legal situation. On these matters I must trust I God and the United States Judicial System. I believe that in time the truth will prevail, as it always does. I am releasing this statement to assure you all that I am safe! With peace and serenity in my heart I write these words:

In the year 2000 I arrived in the United States with $300, spoke very little English and had a dream bigger than most.

Over the past decade I have had an “unbelievable” life, and “unbelievable” MMA career. God has granted me the privilege of traveling to many beautiful places, meeting numerous wonderful people and I have personally witnessed dreams come true… My Dreams! I tell you the truth when I say, I am blessed!

I recently read a quote by David Goetz that stated, “Too much of the good life ends up being toxic, deforming us spiritually.” Wow! This honestly hits home in my heart. I am ashamed to admit that along the way I lost sight of what is truly important [in] life, God and unconditional love for my family and friends. These are the things that should matter.

I admit that at times I have been selfish, sometimes acting as if I knew what was better for my life than God himself. I am sorry for this behavior and I have much regret. Drinking, women, parties, all part of a lifestyle that has led to my failing as a husband, a father, a dreamer.

I am now a man with very little freedom. Still, I am a human being, a son of God, a fighter at heart. I will not let this keep me down.

Lastly, I would like to share with you some important things I have learned. Put God above all, find your passion, and follow your heart. Respect all women and men in your life. Respect yourself enough to take care of yourself and your family. “God is Love”.

You are in my prayers. Please continue to pray for me. I love you all.

God Bless,

Hermes Franca

“Fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith.” Thomas S. Monson

Please write to me at:

Hermes Franca de Barros, SID#18980020, 2206 South Kaen Rd. Oregon City, OR. 97045

I have a feeling that Franca’s big-house blogs will be a lot less zany than War Machine‘s. Anybody feel like writing him a letter?

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fingerssfv- June 29, 2011 at 12:00 am
He's lucky he is NOT in California jails. He would be beaten til unconscious, then beaten some more. Here in our neck of the woods, chesters get beat down, if not killed. Many of us have children and little girls. That's all we need is another pedophile running loose. Even if he is completely innocent, which I seriously doubt, he would still face many angry fathers while in custody.
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SPYDERMONKEY- June 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm
I can only hope the charges are not true, however if it is true i really hope he went to prison with that hair color
Dog Dicks Magoo- June 28, 2011 at 11:31 am
What does Hermes and the 14 year old rape victim have in common? They both didn't know that pig tails were used as "handle bars".
MKO- June 28, 2011 at 10:32 am
Guilty until proven innocent. And everyone hates lawyers
Lopes- June 28, 2011 at 9:58 am
Be sure to tell 'em that Large Marge sent ya! - Large Marge
macreadysshack- June 28, 2011 at 9:25 am
That's all very wise and sweet. Unless he molested a child under 14. Then it's creepy as shit.
Fatty McDickbutts- June 28, 2011 at 8:31 am
"Bitches, they control a lot. They can tell you how to eat, talk, and act. In some cases they may never allow you to leave their sight, but (AND I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THIS, HOMIE) at the end of the day, when all is said and done: They're still the ones gettin' fucked."

- Something Kanye should have said
Drewimus- June 28, 2011 at 8:03 am
Perhaps the crime was not actually committed by Franca. If not, what a cruel charge to be indicted on.

If he is, in fact, guilty, may he spend the rest of his life in prison. It shouldn't be so bad for him, after all, he will get to spend eternity with his god...

Did anyone notice how many times he mentioned how he wronged his god, and not a single mention of the victim? This is as backwards as it gets. Throw away the key (if he is found to be guilty).
Trouser Snake- June 28, 2011 at 8:03 am
I am in no way, shape or form, associated with any type of niggerdom! - Clayton Bigsby
NotReadyStatus- June 28, 2011 at 8:01 am
@LargeMidget-*Also really happy he decided to fly to Oregon before raping a 14 year old*

Yes, thank goodness it was an Oregonian 14 year old instead of one that really matters. Ass.
Trouser Snake- June 28, 2011 at 8:01 am
Your gun is digging into my hip - Ace Ventura
Me likey- June 28, 2011 at 7:55 am
Well... Let's go see if we can make this little kitty purr.
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LOKI- June 28, 2011 at 7:41 am
"You can write that down and put a dash in front of it, and put my name at the bottom. Because all I want to be is dashed."

-Mitch Hedberg
mDino- June 28, 2011 at 7:34 am
If he's still in there, he ain't happy. - Major Payne
mDino- June 28, 2011 at 7:32 am
Whats the soup de jour? Its the soup of the day.
MMM that sounds lovely i'll have that. - Lloyd Christmas
Morningwood- June 28, 2011 at 7:30 am
when he came to America he had 300 dollars. How ironic is it when he get's outta jail, they'll give him 300 dollars on the way out. Won't be enough for the surgery needed to tighten his "rape hole" back to water tight.
Ballkick- June 28, 2011 at 7:27 am
Two things jump to mind,
One. I never want to be a MMA fighter residing in Oregon.
Two. Hermes can pick up right where War Machine left off.
Sorry,....three. Was God council for Mr. Franca when he was molesting pubescent little girls?........you know,....like he does for Catholic Priests?
Enjoy three square and your new Celly,..................Hermes,......meet Mr. Slippyfist.
LargeMidget- June 28, 2011 at 7:24 am
*Is really happy he decided against training at this basturd's gym*

*Also really happy he decided to fly to Oregon before raping a 14 year old*
Fried Taco- June 28, 2011 at 7:23 am
It's true, you know. God did recommend against that hair-style.
El Famous Burrito- June 28, 2011 at 7:11 am
"Big Gulps, huh? All right! Well, see ya later."
-Lloyd Christmas
Me likey- June 28, 2011 at 7:10 am
"A clown can get away with murder." Johny Wayne Gacy
kinky friend- June 28, 2011 at 6:45 am
Bye Bye PERVERT!! - Benjy Bronk
LOKI- June 28, 2011 at 6:30 am
"cocaine is a helluva drug!"-Rick James
FrontKick Dentist- June 28, 2011 at 6:28 am
"Alcohol the cause and solution to all of lifes problems." Homer Simpson.
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