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RIO OLYMPICS: Second Olympic boxer charged with sexual assault

NY Times News Service, RIO DE JANEIRO

A second Olympic boxer has been arrested and jailed on charges of sexual assault, a Brazilian police official said on Monday, raising concerns over safety at the athletes’ village for the locals who work there.

Authorities transferred Jonas Junius, a boxer from Namibia, from a police precinct to a maximum-security prison in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, police official Rodrigo Moreira said.

That followed a judicial order on Sunday requesting the arrest.

The accuser is Brazilian, Moreira said.

Junius was arrested on Sunday.

The boxer “attempted to grab and kiss the cleaning lady” in the hallway of the 11th floor of a building in the Olympic Village, a statement from the Rio de Janeiro state civil police said.

The apprehension came just days after the Moroccan Olympic boxer Hassan Saada was arrested on similar charges, which led to his missing his Olympic bout on Saturday and being disqualified for the rest of the Rio Games. He has been transferred to the same prison Junius was sent to on Monday, and is serving a 15-day preliminary prison sentence. Saada was arrested on Friday on charges of sexual assault.

Junius was accused of attacking his victim on Sunday.

She immediately reported it to the police, Moreira said.

Judge Rose Marie Pimentel Martins said she believed that “there exists the minimum necessary evidence to accept the charges,” according to a court statement.

She said that in addition to the victim’s testimony, one other witness came forward.

The judge works for the special Rio de Janeiro state court created in 2013 for large events, especially sporting ones like the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.

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