Lochte officially charged in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO– U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte has been charged with falsely reporting a crime, Rio police said.
Lochte had claimed that he and three other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station.
He then admitted he “over-exaggerated” the story.
Police say Lochte fabricated the story to cover up his vandalism at the station.
The department’s chief has requested a letter be sent to Lochte communicating the legal process related to the charges, according to the statement.
A copy of the indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission.
The Olympic medalist will be summoned to Rio, but doesn’t have to personally appear. He can send a lawyer as a representative.
If convicted the 32-year-old can face six to twelve month in jail or pay a fine. He could also face disciplinary measures from the ethics commission.