Rio is getting even more dangerous since the start of the Summer Olympics — but this time, the ones posing safety threats are the competitors.
A Namibian boxer has been arrested by Brazilian police under suspicion of attempting to sexually assault a housekeeper in the Olympic village.
The woman claimed Junias Jonas grabbed her and tried to kiss her, and even allegedly offered her money for sex before she ran away and went to the police.
On Sunday, 22-year-old — who was selected to be Namibia’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony — was taken to Recreio police station where he is being charged with attempted rape.
Competing in the light-welterweight division, Junius is scheduled to fight against French boxer Hassan Anzille on Thursday, but may not be allowed to do so now. According to reports, the athlete will be transferred to a maximum security prison in Bangu, where he will await trial.
Detective Rodrigo Amorim told local press on Monday:
“I can confirm that a Namibian athlete named Jonas Junias Jonas was arrested this morning on suspicion of attempted rape of a female in the Olympic Village. The incident occurred last week. The accused has been detained in Recreio police station and unless he gets habeas corpus he will be transferred to prison in Bangu later today.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first account of maids in Rio’s Olympic village accusing competing athletes of sexual assault.
Last week, Moroccan boxer Hassan Saada was arrested by police after allegedly assaulting two female cleaners. A Brazilian judge ordered the athlete to be detained for 15 days pending an investigation.
We hope everyone — including athletes, spectators, workers, and housekeepers — stays safe during the remainder of the games.
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