Hector Camacho surrenders to police
Updated Apr 3, 2012 7:17 PM ET
Boxer Hector Camacho has turned himself in to police in Orlando after
he was charged with child abuse for allegedly assaulting his son.
Hector Camacho surrendered to authorities Monday and posted a $5,000
bond after being accused of child abuse.
Orange County Sheriff's Office
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the 49-year-old former champion is
accused of picking up his teenage son by the neck, slamming him to the
ground and stomping on the boy's foot in March 2011.
The boy reportedly told police Camacho was "high on drugs" at the time
and looking for a bag of money at his ex-wife's home. The Florida
State Attorney's Office filed charges in November.
Camacho surrendered to authorities Monday and posted a $5,000 bond.
Camacho's attorney Linda George released a statement Tuesday which
said a family dispute took place at the home of Camacho's children and
that a neighbor called police because it ''entailed yelling outside of
George said police arrived, did not arrest Camacho and no injuries or
medical attention was required by anyone involved.
''Sometime after leaving the home, the complaint was filed alleging
the actions against Mr. Camacho's teenage son,'' the statement said.
''Mr. Camacho only recently learned of the complaint and accordingly
voluntarily reported to officials so that this matter can be resolved.
He maintains a good relationship with his sons and all would like to
put this matter behind.''
Camacho won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight
world titles in the 1980s.
His last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De
La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision.
Camacho has fought other high-profile bouts in his career against
Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard. He knocked
out Leonard in 1997, ending what was that former champ's final
Camacho has a career record of 79-5-3, with his most recent fight
coming in 2009.
Another of his sons, Hector Camacho Jr., is also a successful boxer,
owning a career record of 52-4 with one draw.
Drug, alcohol and other problems have trailed Camacho since the prime
of his boxing career.
Before this latest charge, Camacho was sentenced in 2007 to seven
years in prison for the burglary of a computer store in Mississippi.
While arresting him on the burglary charge in January 2005, police
also found the drug ecstasy.
A judge eventually suspended all but one year of the sentence and gave
Camacho probation. He wound up serving two weeks in jail, though,
after violating that probation.
Twice his wife filed domestic abuse complaints against him, and she
filed for divorce several years ago.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.