Rio Police Have Finally Charged Ryan Lochte With a Crime

Charges for filing a false robbery report were filed Thursday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2016 5:43 PM CDT
Rio Police Charge Lochte With False Report of Robbery
Ryan Lochte has been charged with making a false robbery report in Brazil.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Brazilian police have charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the AP reports. A police statement Thursday says Lochte will be informed in the US so he can decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil. The indictment will be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission.

Lochte initially said that he and fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz, and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with a police badge as they returned to the Olympic Village from a party. However, security video suggested the four actually faced security guards after vandalizing a gas station restroom. Lochte has since acknowledged he was highly intoxicated and his behavior led to the confrontation. (More Ryan Lochte stories.)

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