Puerto Rican boxer Jesús Rojas is imprisoned for gender-based violence

Puerto Rican boxer Jesús Rojas Díaz, former featherweight champion, is in prison this Saturday and faces charges of gender-based violence and child abuse.

Judge Yaritza Santiago, of the Court of Caguas, determined cause for arrest and imposed a bail of 1.6 million dollars, which Rojas Díaz could not pay, according to the police statement published in the last hours.

Unable to pay bail, the boxer was admitted to a penal institution awaiting trial, whose preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 14.

The 35-year-old boxer was arrested last Thursday at a residence located in the Borinquen neighborhood of Caguas due to a complaint of gender-based violence filed against him.

Rojas Díaz is accused of assaulting his partner in the presence of five minors, and of causing an open wound to her head by hitting her with a firearm.

He also faces charges for acts constituting abuse against several of the children and for lascivious acts against one of his minor daughters.

Born on December 26, 1986 in Caguas, Rojas Díaz started in professional boxing in 2006 and became featherweight champion certified by the World Boxing Association (WBA).

Cases of gender-based violence are frequent on the island, where a state of emergency has been decreed for this scourge that Governor Pedro Pierluisi decided this week to extend for another year.

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