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Klete Keller, ordered to stay away from DC

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A five-time Olympic swimming medalist accused of participating in a deadly riot on the United States Capitol was released from federal custody Thursday, but ordered to stay away from Washington, DC until the inauguration next week.

Klete Keller, who lives in Colorado, appeared in a brief hearing in federal court in Denver after his arrest on charges brought by prosecutors in Washington. At the insistence of prosecutors, Judge Michael E. Hegarty said Keller could not make it to Washington until January 21. future visits to see her children in North Carolina after a trip already planned this weekend.

Keller did not have to pay any money to be released, but did promise to appear at future court hearings and comply with other standard conditions, including not owning firearms.

Keller was indicted on Wednesday in federal court in Washington after a video was released that appeared to show him among those who stormed the Capitol last week.

Screenshots of the video were included in a court document accusing him of knowingly entering a restricted building to prevent official government office, disorderly conduct and obstruction of law enforcement officials.

Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in a joint session of Congress on January 6, as lawmakers gathered to formalize the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

Keller, 38, competed in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. He won two gold and one silver as a member of the 800-meter freestyle relay, as well as a pair of individual bronzes at 400 free.

Keller’s alleged participation in the Capitol protest was first reported this week by SwimSwam, a site dedicated to competitive swimming and other water sports.

He pointed to a video posted to social media by Townhall reporter Julio Rosas, which showed a tall man wearing a US Olympic team jacket among rioters as officers attempted to clear the Rotunda.

SwimSwam said at least a dozen people in the sport identified the man as Keller after reviewing the video and screenshots.


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