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Ryan Lochte Cleared of Criminal Charges From Rio Olympics Robbery Scandal

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Rita Gibson | 15 July, 2017, 08:41

Just one day after Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was set to return to competition, his lawyer confirmed the 32-year-old was cleared of a criminal charge in the Rio Olympics incident that sparked worldwide outrage.

Per David Meeks of USA Today, an appeals court in Brazil dismissed the criminal case against Lochte, who, in an interview with NBC at the time, said that "he and three other members of the US swim team had been stopped and robbed at gunpoint as the cab they were in tried to pull away from the service station".

Lochte still stands against the city of Rio de Janeiro with two other charges.

Surveillance video shows Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, where they claimed they were robbed by armed men posing as cops.

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After Lochte and his attorney "appealed" the original charges, an appeals court found him not-guilty and threw away the case, which included "false communication of a crime". Rio police alleged they made up the story to cover up vandalism. They add that the decision has not been published yet and prosecutors will have 15 days to appeal the ruling.

Brazil's government expressed discontent about Lochte's lies, accusations, and lude behavior - yet do not appear to be levying any "ban" from the country against him.

Lochte lost sponsors and was suspended from the US national swim team for 10 months over the scandal. According to USA Today, Lochte had been charged with "falsely communicating a crime to authorities" due to his "exaggerated" retelling of events.

Lochte is currently together with the sexy Kayla Rae Reid who now both have a child together. The 32-year-old has said he wants to return to top-level competitions, though, and represent the United States at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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