Judo champ arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

Updated: December 6, 2011, 5:39 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Masato Uchishiba was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage girl at a Tokyo hotel.

The arrest of Uchishiba, who won gold in the 66-kilogram class at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, triggered a criminal investigation, according to Tokyo Metropolitan Police Agency spokesman.

The 33-year-old Uchishiba denied the charge, saying the sex was by mutual consent, a police official said.

Uchishiba was fired as a judo coach by Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare amid allegations that he gave a female student an alcoholic drink at a hotel and sexually harassed her. He has denied the claims.

Uchishiba announced his retirement from competition in October 2010 and became a visiting professor at the university in January.

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