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Kipruto: Olympic and world champion of 3,000 obstacles, accused of abusing a minor in Kenya

Conseslus Kipruto, Olympic champion of 3,000 hurdles, was charged this Monday in the Kapsabet courts, a town located in western Nandi County (Kenya), having sexually abused a girl under 15 years of age.

The Kenyan athlete had been on the run for several days, but finally He was arrested on November 11 and taken into police custody until this Monday, when they have transferred him to the courts under “strict security measures”, according to the local newspaper The Standard.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the 25-year-old athlete would have abused the minor between October 20 and 21 in the village of Tironin, also in Nandi County.

The athlete denied the charges of “desecration” and “indecent act with a minor”, according to Kenyan legal terminology, and was put in parole on bail after payment of 200,000 shillings (about 1,550 euros). The sentence of his trial will take place on May 10, 2021, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

The adolescent’s own family denounced the minor’s disappearance at the Mosoriot police station, and only after three days missing did the young woman return home. At first, the girl refused to reveal where she had been, but After checking his cell phone, his parents discovered that he was in contact with Kipruto and that he had stayed at his house.

Parents argue that the athlete “disgraced” his daughter, who was tested at a local hospital before filing the corresponding report of sexual abuse. Kipruto, one of the great stars of athletics in Kenya, won the gold medal in the 3,000 meter hurdles at the World Championships in London (2017) and Doha (2019), as well as at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (2016).