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Report: Rio police charge Ryan Lochte with filing false robbery report


Brazilian police officially charged 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over his now infamous incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Local police said Lochte would be informed in the United States so that he can decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil. The charges will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission.

Lochte's punishment could include a few months in jail or a paid fine as penalty instead.

What one woman on Twitter thought about him being charged. 

According to the report, a police official said prosecutors have requested Lochte testify in front of Brazil's Justice Department, but he will not be penalized if he does not attend.

Melissa Nathan, the swimmer's spokeswoman, told the Associated Press that Lochte has no comment on the recent charges. 

Lochte did however, issue an apology on Twitter last week for his behavior surrounding a late-night incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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