The Ryan Lochte saga continues.
On Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press reported that Brazilian police will charge the former Florida swimmer with filing a false police report. A statement by police indicated that Lochte would be informed of the step in the United States so he could decide whether or not to return to Brazil.
The report also states that the indictment will be sent to the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission.
While in Brazil, Lochte said he and three other American swimmers — Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen — were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with a police badge while trying to come back to the Olympic Village after a party on Aug. 15. Later, security video was released that showed the men faced security guards after vandalizing a gas station. Lochte has acknowledged that he had been drinking that night.
Lochte left Brazil first, but Conger and Bentz were taken off an plane bound for the United States. The two were questioned about the robbery. Conger and Bentz were allowed to leave Brazil a short time later. Feigen wasn’t charged either after giving his testimony.
Per Brazilian law, the penalty for falsely filing a crime report carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison.