<
>

Ryan Lochte charges recommended by police in Brazil

Brazilian police recommended on Thursday that prosecutors present charges against U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte for a false crime report, Reuters reports.

Lochte originally described the Aug. 14 incident as an armed robbery, telling police and media that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympics.

Brazilian police said Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz vandalized a bathroom after a night of partying. Armed guards confronted the swimmers and asked them to pay for the damage.

A police statement on Thursday said the officer in charge of the investigation had recommended to judges that Lochte be deposed in the United States and that a transcript be sent to the ethical commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The swimmer's spokeswoman, Melissa Nathan, said Lochte had no comment.

Reuters reported that the statement said police had recommended that prosecutors lodge charges against Lochte for falsely reporting a crime, which the news agency says is a minor misdemeanor typically punishable by a fine.

Feigen's Brazilian attorney said last week he would make a $10,800 payment to an "institution" and leave Brazil later in the day. Attorney Breno Melaragno did not specify where the money would go, but the term "institution" can be taken to mean charity.

Lochte left Brazil shortly after the incident at the gas station took place.

After his initial description of the events that night, Lochte backtracked and said he "overexaggerated" the story.

"That's why I'm taking full responsibility for it, because I overexaggerated the story," Lochte said. "If I had never done that, we wouldn't be in this mess."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.