Ryan Lochte cleared of criminal false robbery report charge in Rio incident

  • Appellate court in Brazil dismisses criminal case against US swimmer
  • Lochte had been charged with falsely reporting a crime to authorities

Ryan Lochte has been cleared of falsely communicating a crime to authorities for his role in vandalizing a gas station with three other US swimmers during the Rio Olympics and telling police saying they were robbed at gunpoint.

An appellate court in Brazil has dismissed a criminal case against the six-time Olympic gold medalist, concluding that Lochte did not break the law in exaggerating the details of the incident, which came to overshadow the final days of the Games last summer.

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