Grand Jury Indicts Olympian Klete Keller on 7 Charges Related to Capitol Riots

by Ben Dornan 116

February 11th, 2021 National, News

A grand jury has added 4 new charges to the original 3 in the indictment of Olympic medal-winning swimmer Klete Keller. That brings Keller to 7 charges as a result of his participation in the riots and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 as the United States Congress was preparing to certify the election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.

A new indictment was released this Wednesday charging Keller with the original three charges along with an additional four. His charges now include the following:

  • Civil disorder
  • Obstruction of an official proceeding, and aiding and abetting
  • Entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds
  • Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds
  • Impeding passage through the Capitol Grounds or buildings
  • Parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building

As we first reported on January 11th, 2021, it has been reported that U.S. Olympic Keller was among those involved in the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol.

Two days later, it was announced that Klete Keller had been charged in U.S. District Court for violent entry, obstructing law enforcement, and disorderly conduct. Details of the original charges can be read here:

According to a report from the Washington Post, if Keller’s actions are found to have resulted in serious injuries, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

Following the original charges, Keller turned himself in to federal authorities on January 14th, 2021. He was released without bail, agreeing to not return to Washington D.C. prior to the presidential inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 21. He was also required to not possess firearms and retained the ability to travel from Colorado to visit his children in North Carolina.

An impeachment trial for former U.S. president Donald Trump, who has been accused of inciting the riots that led to an invasion of the U.S. Capitol, is underway this week in D.C.

Keller raced for the United States at the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympics, winning bronze in the 400 freestyle and gold in the 4×200 in 2004.

Following the allegations of Keller’s involvement in the riots, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee released the following statement condemning the riots:

“As many of you know, there are reports of an alumni Olympic athlete involved in the horrific acts at the U.S. Capitol building last week. As we wait for law enforcement to confirm the identity of the individual and determine necessary action, and then evaluate any appropriate actions of our own, I want to share the following thoughts with our Olympic and Paralympic community.

First off, I strongly condemn the actions of the rioters at the U.S. Capitol. They do not represent the values of the United States of America or of Team USA.

At home, and around the world, Team USA athletes are held to a very high standard as they represent our country on the field of play and off. What happened in Washington, D.C., was a case where that standard was clearly not met. The people involved attacked the very fabric of the democracy we all proudly represent and, in turn, also let our community down. I urge everyone associated with Team USA to continue to celebrate our diversity of background and beliefs, stand together against hatred and divisiveness, and use our influence to create positive change in our community.”

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Hot Takes:
1 month ago

For some reason I find the tidbit about him living so far from his children telling of his character. He needs to strive for better…

Dudeman
Reply to  Hot Takes:
1 month ago

And here I was thinking it was the joining in on domestic terrorism that made me dislike him and believe he had poor character

Exswimcoach
Reply to  Hot Takes:
1 month ago

sometimes a father living so far from his children is not always due to his decision alone. Ever hear of a mother moving away from the father of the children? Or how about a father needing to take a job far from home in order to meet the extremely unfair and often times one sided court order regarding child support? Or how about a father who is in the military and is transferred to a post far from where his children live?

JEFF OLSEN
Reply to  Hot Takes:
1 month ago

What a myopic and ignorant statement.
1) You know absolutely nothing about his relationship with his children.
2) I spent more than a year and easily over $50,000 in a dual-state custody battle when my charming ex-wife kidnapped my children (ages 8 and 3 at the time) and took them to Georgia. Not everybody has those resources, or is willing to go into debt, to address parental alienation of the sort that I faced.
You should strive for mediocrity…it would be a significant upgrade.

Eagleswim
Reply to  JEFF OLSEN
1 month ago

You come from the perspective of a parent not able to be close to his children, others come from the perspective of having been children of a parent who has chosen not to live anywhere close to them. We all come into these situations with our own baggage; do not malign people who choose to see the situation from their own lense.

As someone from the latter situation, I find myself sympathizing with the children. You find yourself sympathizing with the father. Both can be right, and you don’t have to say nasty things about people who come from the opposite perspective. As hard as it is on the parent, it’s at least as hard on the kids.

FanFare
Reply to  JEFF OLSEN
1 month ago

Myopic? Coming from the person who states “ I find the tidbit about him living so far from his children telling of his character”
And nobody cares about your ex wife battles.

Donald Decker
Reply to  JEFF OLSEN
1 month ago

This whole meme is getting out of hand. It’s not about child support.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Hot Takes:
1 month ago

May have fell short of the “Hot Takes: ” handle…may want to change that if you can’t live up to the hype 😉

cynthia curran
Reply to  Hot Takes:
1 month ago

Well, he kind of learn a hard lesson. At least he was not charged with any violence when he did this, enter the capital.

D3 swimma
1 month ago

This comment section should nice and orderly

Scoobysnak
Reply to  D3 swimma
1 month ago

Theres literally a comment like this on any slightly controversial story. We don’t have do this every time.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Scoobysnak
1 month ago

They want free upvotes I guess

Steve Nolan
1 month ago

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worm
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1 month ago

DUDE HOW DO YOU PUT GIFS IN I MUST KNOW. BRADEN PLZ HELP

Irish Ringer
Reply to  worm
1 month ago

Some secrets aren’t meant to be told?

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worm
Reply to  Irish Ringer
1 month ago

🙁

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worm
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1 month ago

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Steve Nolan
Reply to  worm
1 month ago

You need a SwimSwam+ account. It’s $99/month, send your first 24 payments up front to Stephen-Nolan on Venmo and I can get you set up.

worm
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

I will figure this out before I die. And when I do, it’s over for all the SwimSwam trolls

worm
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1 month ago

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Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

Yep, crime of the century and the seriousness of the charges….oh my