The Kenyan middle-distance runner Conseslus Kipruto, who won gold in the 3,000-meter obstacle course at the Rio Olympics, was charged by the authorities on charges of “defilement” against a young girl.
Kipruto was released on bail Monday after pleading guilty to intercourse with a 15-year-old girl – referred to as “defilement” in Kenyan law.
Given the age of the girl who is believed to be involved, Kipruto could face a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars if convicted under the laws of the African country.
25-year-old Kipruto, who is not only an athlete but also a police officer, faced charges in Kapsabet, a town in a high altitude region known for its multi-distance runners.
Kipruto tried to hide his face from photographers before he was released on bail. That was only $ 1,800.
No arguments have been made to support his defense in court except that he denies these allegations.
It was reported in Kenyan media that Kipruto was accused of having sex with the 15-year-old for two days in October this year and that the girl disappeared from home and stayed with Kipruto for three days. He was first arrested in connection with the charges on Wednesday last week.
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Kipruto is considered to be one of the best middle-distance runners of his generation. In addition to his Olympic gold medal four years ago, he won world titles in 2017 and 2019 – but has not yet contested a race this year.
In September, Kipruto announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.