Months after leaving Rio, U.S. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte‘s troubles with the Rio gas station incident aren’t over quite yet. A request for termination of the proceedings against Lochte has been rejected by Brazilian judge Juliana Leal de Melo.
Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger, and Gunnar Bentz were involved in a gas station incident that resulted in a false robbery report during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in August. In the report, Lochte alleged the swimmers had been robbed at gunpoint when returning from a party in Rio. However, it was later confirmed that Lochte’s story had been fabricated.
The termination request made by Lochte’s lawyer was based on “atypical behavior by Ryan,” as the case wouldn’t have been brought to the police had it not been for the heavy media attention. However, the judge noted that he was subject to Brazilian law, which allows the possibility of police investigation based on media reports.
The judge’s decision was made final on Monday and subsequently forwarded to the prosecutor, who now has 15 days to return the case to court.
As a result of the incident, all 4 swimmers have been handed suspensions by USA Swimming and the United States Olympic Committee. Lochte was suspended for 10 months, while each of the others were suspended for 4 months. All of the swimmers were barred from attending the 2016 Golden Goggles and the Olympic Team White House visit.