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Tags: 2020 Elections | capitol | riot | olympian | keller | charges

Ex-Olympian Keller Indicted on 7 New Charges for Role in U.S. Capitol Riot

Ex-Olympian Keller Indicted on 7 New Charges for Role in U.S. Capitol Riot
U.S. relay swimmer Klete Keller reacts after a men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, on Aug. 12, 2008. (Thomas Kienzle/AP)

By    |   Friday, 12 February 2021 07:15 PM

Former U.S. Olympic medalist swimmer Klete Keller this week was indicted on new charges in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The 38-year-old Keller, who won medals at three Summer Olympics, was charged Wednesday with seven riot-related crimes, including civil disorder and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, per The Hill.

A grand jury Wednesday returned an indictment that also included charges for obstruction of an official proceeding; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive in a restricted building or grounds; impeding passage through the Capitol grounds or building; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. 

Last month, Keller was arrested and charged with obstructing law enforcement, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. 

He was released on bond Jan. 22.

Keller won five medals in three Olympic games, including gold medals in 2004 and 2008.

The former Olympian wore his Team USA jacket when seen standing over a crowd shoving police officers trying to clear the Capitol Rotunda on Jan. 6. The FBI referenced the video in an affidavit noting that the red-and white-Olympic patch was seen on the front left side of the jacket.

Keller was recognized by former teammates and coaches in a social media video posted by a reporter for conservative news site Townhall. Swimming news site SwimSwam reported at least a dozen people identified Keller from the video.

Keller, who has resigned from his job as a real estate agent, was one of more than 200 people charged in connection with the riot by people protesting the presidential election results.

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Former U.S. Olympic medalist swimmer Klete Keller this week was indicted on new charges in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The 38-year-old Keller, who won medals at three Summer Olympics, was charged Wednesday with seven riot-related crimes, including civil disorder...
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