Klete Keller, the Olympic gold medalist swimmer, is going through federal expenses for his alleged position within the riot on the U.S. Capitol final week.
Keller faces three felony counts, in response to court docket paperwork filed Wednesday within the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia: obstructing legislation enforcement, knowingly coming into a restricted constructing with out lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
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Keller, 38, was a part of U.S. Olympic groups in 2000, 2004 and 2008. He is maybe greatest identified for holding off Australia’s Ian Thorpe whereas swimming the anchor leg of the 4×200 freestyle on the 2004 Athens games to assist his staff win by 0.13 seconds.
That relay staff additionally together with Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
It was not instantly clear if Keller, who resides in Colorado, has been taken into custody. The felony criticism consists of an arrest warrant.
The FBI stated Keller’s jacket helped establish him. According to court docket paperwork, he was carrying a blue jacket with “USA” on the again and a “crimson and white Olympic patch on the entrance left aspect.”
Investigators additionally famous Keller’s placing height. He stands at 6-foot-6.
“PERSON 1 stands taller than a variety of people round him and might clearly be seen as legislation enforcement officers repeatedly try to take away him and others from the Rotunda,” the charging doc filed by particular agent Matthew Barofsky acknowledged.
Investigators stated conservative information website Townhall Media posted a video of a crowd on the Capitol. Then, shops equivalent to SwimSwam, which follows aggressive swimming, stated it appeared Keller was within the video, in response to the charging paperwork.
Federal authorities stated they confirmed his identification by evaluating display photographs of Keller together with his driver’s license together with his picture from Colorado’s Department of Motor Vehicles.
USA Swimming, the U.S. governing physique of aggressive swimming, stated in a press release to its membership Wednesday that “whereas we respect personal people’ and teams’ rights to peacefully protest, we strongly condemned the illegal actions taken by these on the Capitol final week.”
“It could be very easy and really clear,” USA Swimming stated within the assertion shared with NPR. “Mr. Keller’s actions by no means signify the values or mission of USA Swimming. And whereas as soon as a swimmer on the highest ranges of our sport – representing the nation and democracy he so willfully attacked – Mr. Keller has not been a member of this group since 2008.”
Keller gained 5 medals throughout his three Olympic appearances — two gold medals, one silver and two bronze.
Read the charging paperwork beneath:
NPR’s Emily Bogle contributed to this report.