Former Argentine boxer Carlos “El Tata” Manuel Baldomir, world champion welterweight of the World Boxing Council (WBC), was sentenced to 18 years in prison for repeated sexual abuse against one of his daughters, announced the court that tried him.
Baldomir, 48, has been in prison for two years and eight months, since he was arrested following a complaint from his ex-wife for events that occurred during the school holidays of 2012 and 2014, when his daughter was between 7 and 8 years old.
The defendant was convicted “unanimously as a criminally responsible perpetrator for sexual abuse with qualified carnal access for having been against a minor, taking advantage of the pre-existing coexistence situation and being an ascendant of the same, seriously outrageous repeated sexual abuse qualified”, according to the reading of sentence.
The prosecution had requested a sentence of 20 years.
Last Thursday, at the beginning of the trial in the Argentine province of Santa Fe (center), Baldomir pointed to those present and raised his middle finger in front of the press cameras that recorded the provocative image. Later, the oral trial was held behind closed doors to preserve the victim.
Baldomir had the biggest win of his career on January 7, 2006, when he dethroned Zab Judah to be crowned the WBC welterweight world champion. He harvested three more crowns.
Despite losing the title to American Floyd Mayweather Jr in November 2006, he received the “boxer of the year” award.
His last fight was in April 2014 in Mexico, at age 43. Baldomir was preparing to continue linked to boxing as a coach.
Before the complaint, he lived in Junín (500 km from Buenos Aires) with his current wife and a four-year-old son. From his first marriage he has three daughters.