By Mark Vester
It was reported in the Chicago Sun-Times that rising super middleweight prospect Donovan George (15-0-1, 13KOs) is facing sexual assault charges that could possibly land him 6 to 30 years in prison if convicted.
George, 22, who landed his 15th win on the undercard of Diaz-Morales last weekend at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, has a status hearing on Thursday at the Cook County Court House. If he plans to leaves the state, he'll need permission from the court.
The paper states that he's facing eight counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, 15 counts of criminal sexual assault and four counts of sexual relations with a family member.
These were not recent offenses, they apparently took place between 1996 and 1998 when George was between 11 and 13-years-old. The alleged victim in question was between 5 and 8-years-old.
''We're hoping for a good outcome for Donovan,'' said Jack Rimland, George's attorney to the Sun-Times. ''So is he, and so are his parents.''
Bob Arum of Top Rank, who signed George in November 2006, is shocked by the charges.
''I'm shocked by this,'' Arum said. ''I can't believe it. A guy is innocent until proven guilty, so we'll see what happens.''
George does have a record, being convicted on two counts of a felony hate crime in 2004. The Sun-Times notes that he yelled "gay-bashing remarks" at a couple of men and a physical altercation took place. He was sentenced to 18 months probation and had to perform community service.
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