Robert Griswold, the US Paralympic champion accused of raping a teammate

Robert Griswoldswimming champion Paralympic American, winner of the gold medal in the 100 meters butterfly at the Tokyo 2020 Games, is accused of having sexually assaulted a young teammate of his. The alleged victim is the 19-year-old Parker Egbertathlete affected by a delay of the development and from one disability permanent intellectual. The sexual abuse, according to the indictment, occurred during the Tokyo Paralympic Games and at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, Colorado.

The complaint, presented in recent weeks, has landed in court: Griswold, described as “a violent predator sexual“, is accused of having exploited Egbert’s mental retardation. Condition that makes the athlete “significantly more vulnerable to abuse “. The complaint states that Egbert, autistic from birth, did not speak until the age of six and “currently has the mental abilities of a five-year-old”.

From an early age, swimming became for him a form of “game and therapy”. The results achieved earned him a summons to the Tokyo Paralympic Games: it was at that moment that he was supported daily by Griswold, both in training and as a roommate in the Olympic village. And that is why the allegations also involve the Committee Olympic And Paralympic of the States Uniteddeemed incapable of protecting Egbert.

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