Ryan Lochte has been indicted by the Rio police over his false robbery story and will be summoned to appear before a Brazilian judge.
Lochte can not have his hearing in the United States, therefore, he must be in Brazil for the duration of his case which is unlikely as he left Brazil for the US quietly on August 17.
Four American swimmers were involved in the confusion where they claimed they were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station in Rio. Those involved were: Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger.
Lochte and Feigen were indicted for perjury by the police of Rio, while Bentz and Conger, act solely as witnesses in the case. Bentz and Conger were removed from a flight last Wednesday, August 17, as they tried to return to the US and Feigen’s whereabouts is unknown.
The United States Olympic Committee, USOC, said regarding its standard security protocol; “We do not make athlete travel plans public and therefore cannot confirm the athletes’ current location.”
Lochte will be served a notification in the United States to decide if he will be seeking a Brazilian defense council. He can opt out of attending the hearing but the process would go on without him anyway.
Rio Special Service tourist commissioner, Clemente Braune, confirmed the International Olympic Committee’s Ethics Commission will receive a formal indictment for Lochte, just as the United States will also be served a formal letter requesting the US judicial system’s cooperation in summoning Lochte to Brazil.
G1, which first reported the indictment, on Thursday, August 25, spoke with the delegate Clemente Braune, who said, “Lochte will have to attend a hearing before the judge or will be tried in absentia.”
Clemente stated, “Once cited for not attending the hearing, the penalty is the same, provided by law for false communication offense of crime: 1 to 6 months in prison. If it is cited and does not attend the hearing, the process continues without the presence of the defendant until the final sentence.”
“Now, there is a penalty for non – attendance, but a procedural prejudice because the action will continue without him,” the commissioner concluded.
It is still unknown if Lochte will attend his summon to Brazil.