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ryan lochte cleared of false-report charge after incident at rio olympics

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ryan lochte cleared of false-report charge after incident at rio olympics

an appellate court in brazil ruled friday that the case against ryan lochte should be dismissed. the u.s. swimmer had been accused of fabricating a story about getting robbed at gunpoint in rio de janeiro during august's olympics, causing an international scandal that drew in some of his teammates.lochte was charged with a false crime report, which could have resulted in a sentence of one to six months in jail, although he would have been unlikely to serve it. the 12-time olympic medalist returned to the u.s. before the games ended and the charge was filed, but he was given a 10-month suspension by usa swimming for his behavior in rio.according to usa today, the court concluded that lochte, who eventually admitted he "over-exaggerated" the story and apologized for his "immature behavior," did not break brazilian law. the three-judge panel, in a 2-1 ruling, noted that rio police, not lochte, had initiated the investigation and that the story he first told nbc did not meet the standard of a false report.prosecutors could still challenge the ruling, and they have 15 days to do so. lochte's lawyers have been pressing for a dismissal of the case, but a lower court had ruled 2-1 to uphold the charge."we are pleased that the court has finally dismissed the criminal prosecution against mr. lochte, while at the same time, appropriately recognizing that he committed no crime," jeff ostrow, a florida-based attorney for lochte, told usa today. "it has been a long year, but in th...