Two-time Olympic gold medalist Clette Keller was indicted in federal court on Wednesday for his alleged involvement in last week’s uprising in the US Capitol.
Keller, 38, is charged with obstructing law enforcement, knowingly entering or staying in a restricted building or terrain without legal authority, and forcible entry and hooliganism, according to a criminal complaint.
A video posted on Twitter by a Townhall Media reporter shows Keller in the Capitol with a group of supporters of President Donald Trump. In the video, the crowd pushes police officers trying to clear the Rotunda.
Keller was spotted wearing a jacket with the letters “USA”
Sarah Hirschland, chief executive of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, issued a statement before the allegations against Keller, saying she would determine if any action should be taken.
“First, I strongly condemn the actions of the rebels in the US Capitol,” she said in a statement on Twitter, saying they contradicted the committee’s values.
“At home and around the world, the players of the US team adhere to very high standards, as they represent our country on and off the field. What happened in Washington was a case where this standard was clearly not met.”
Earlier, the commission issued a separate statement condemning the “violent actions of the riots”.
USA Swimming said: “We respect the rights of individuals and groups to protest peacefully, but in no way justify the actions taken by those in the Capitol last week.”
Keller, 38, has not publicly commented on her participation in the Capitol, which was first reported by the SwimSwam swimming website. Calls to the numbers listed for him were not returned immediately on Wednesday.
The athlete, who was a teammate of Michael Phelps, was a member of three American Olympic teams. He won gold in the 4x200m team event in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. He won silver in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
USA Swimming said it last registered as a member in 2008. After retiring from the sport, Keller worked as an independent contractor for Hoff & Leigh, a real estate agency in Colorado Springs.
The agency said in a statement that Keller was resigning on Tuesday.
“Hoff & Leigh supports the right to freedom of speech and legitimate protest, but we cannot justify actions that violate the rule of law,” the agency said.
“We are proud of our deeply held core values of family, loyalty, community and governance. We continue to uphold these values.”
Hundreds of Trump supporters violated the Capitol last Wednesday in protest of the Electoral College vote, confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election. Five people were killed in the raid, including a police officer.
Mike Sherwin, a current U.S. lawyer in Washington, said last week that 55 people had been charged in connection with the riot for various crimes, including illegal entry, assault, theft and weapons.
Sherwin said federal and local investigators were searching social media for photos and videos of suspects involved in illegal activities, and those people were being arrested as soon as possible. There was no video of Keller’s involvement in any violence in the Capitol.