An Olympic medalist turned Capitol rioter was released from federal custody and ordered to remain away from the nation’s capitol till after subsequent week’s inauguration.
Klete Keller, a 38-year-old swimmer who has gained 5 Olympic medals for the US, appeared in Denver federal court docket Thursday after he was arrested on federal fees associated to his participation within the deadly Jan. 6 rebellion.
Solely after President-elect Biden is sworn in will the Colorado resident be allowed to return to Washington for court docket appearances and authorized appointments. Keller should ask the court docket for permission to go to his kids in North Carolina.
The 6-foot-6 former teammate of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte was charged Wednesday with knowingly getting into a restricted constructing to impede an official authorities operate, disorderly conduct and obstructing regulation officers.
At the least a dozen members of the swimming group recognized Keller sporting a Group USA jacket in a video clip of the siege, and screenshots of the footage have been included in a court docket doc.
His alleged involvement within the riots was first reported by SwimSwam, a website that covers aggressive aquatic sports activities.
Keller resigned from his job as a actual property dealer following his arrest, the web site famous.
The swimmer struggled to adapt to post-Olympic life and lived in his automobile for 10 months following his 2014 divorce, based on SwimSwam.
The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee denounced Keller and the riots in a assertion.
“At house, and all over the world, Group USA athletes are held to a very excessive commonplace as they symbolize our nation on the sphere of play and off. What occurred in Washington, D.C., was a case the place that commonplace was clearly not met,” the assertion from USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland partially learn.
Practically 100 folks have been charged for breaching the Capitol, and officers say a nationwide manhunt will web a whole bunch of extra arrests.
Keller competed within the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer season Olympics, with two gold medals amongst his haul.
With AP wires