Former Olympic swimmer Klete Keller faces three federal costs for collaborating within the riots within the U.S. Capitol
Klete Keller, a two-time gold medalist in the US Olympics, was charged Wednesday for allegedly participating in last week’s riot at the US Capitol in Washington, DC
According to court records, Keller was charged with obstructing law enforcement, knowingly stepping into or staying in a restricted building or site without legal authority, as well as violently entering and behaving in a disorderly manner. All are federal crimes.
It was not clear whether he had been taken into custody.
Messages The Associated Press wanted to comment on with Keller and his sister, former Olympic swimmer Kalyn Keller, were not immediately returned.
“We respect the right of individuals and groups to protest peacefully, but in no way condone the measures that were taken at the Capitol last week,” USA Swimming said in a statement, noting that Keller has not been a member of the organization since then He retired after the 2008 Beijing Games.
Video footage showed Keller, 38, maskless and wearing a Team USA jacket during the riot, and his alleged participation was first reported by swim news site SwimSwam. He was part of the US swim team in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics and anchored the 4×200 freestyle. In 2004, he held back the Australian Ian Thorpe in Athens to help his team with Michael Phelps win gold.
The FBI was able to identify Keller based on his Team USA jacket discovered in the video, court documents revealed.
Keller most recently worked as a real estate agent in Colorado Springs for the Hoff & Leigh agency. His appointment has been confirmed to SwimSwam, but his profile has since been removed.
Keller has since deleted all of his social media accounts despite posting his ardent support for President Donald Trump in the past. The most recent public photos of him on Instagram are from 2017 at an event outside of Boston.
The January 6 riot by pro-Trump supporters in protest against President-elect Joe Biden’s election certificate resulted in the deaths of five people, including a U.S. Capitol police officer. Dozens of people have been arrested since then.
Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee, condemned the hand-to-hand combat that killed five people.
“I strongly condemn the actions of the rioters in the US Capitol,” she said in a statement. “You don’t represent the values of the United States or Team USA.”
Hirshland continued, “At home and around the world, Team USA athletes are of a very high standard as they represent our country on the field and in their free time. What happened in Washington, DC, was a case in which it happened The standard was clearly not met. Those involved attacked the fabric of democracy we are all proud to represent and in return abandoned our community. I urge everyone on Team USA to continue our diversity of backgrounds and backgrounds Celebrate beliefs together against hatred and division and use our influence to bring about positive change in our community. “
ESPN’s Kelly Cohen and The Associated Press contributed to this report.