The former Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller was charged with three federal crimes on Wednesday, together with obstructing legislation enforcement and disorderly conduct, on account of his entry into the U.S. Capitol throughout final week’s violent protests in Washington.
Keller, 38, was recognized after he appeared in a video posted on-line by a reporter from the conservative web site Townhall, in line with a press release of details by an F.B.I. agent included in the charging paperwork.
Keller did little to cover his identification, coming into the Capitol Rotunda carrying a Team U.S.A. jacket and together with his face masking pulled down round his neck. He can also be 6-foot-6, which the assertion of details famous made him seem like “one of the tallest individuals in the video.”
Several former teammates and coaches stated they acknowledged Keller in the video due to his dimension and since he was carrying a U.S. Olympic staff jacket that had “USA” printed throughout the again and down the sleeves.
The charging paperwork don’t expansively describe what Keller did in the Capitol past the truth that officers tried to take away him and others round him from the rotunda. He was charged with obstructing legislation enforcement, knowingly coming into or remaining in any restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
A swimming information website, SwimSwam, first reported Keller’s presence on the Capitol riot on Monday. Its report is cited in the paperwork charging Keller. The New York Times confirmed Keller’s presence on the Capitol in interviews with former teammates and coaches on Tuesday.
Efforts to achieve Keller have been unsuccessful. But on Tuesday evening, the Colorado actual property agency that had employed him for the previous three years, Hoff & Leigh, additionally appeared to verify his participation in final week’s violent assault on the Capitol when it introduced that Keller had resigned “effective immediately.”
“Hoff & Leigh supports the right of free speech and lawful protest but we cannot condone actions that violate the rule of law,” the corporate stated in a short assertion.
Few of the individuals who acknowledged Keller in the video expressed shock at his presence in Washington. His deleted social media accounts, a number of of them stated, had in latest years included a stream of pro-Trump messaging.
Keller was a member of three U.S. Olympic groups, and he received medals at three Olympics, together with golds on the Athens Games in 2004 and the Beijing Games in 2008 as a member of relay groups that included Michael Phelps. Keller additionally received a silver medal in the occasion on the 2000 Sydney Games, in addition to two particular person bronzes.