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Robert Griswold accused of raping, sexually assaulting teammate

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American paralympic swimmer Robert Griswold set a world record for the 100-meter S8 backstroke at the Tokyo Paralympics last year and won another gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly six days later. 

Behind the scenes, however, he allegedly raped and sexually assaulted an intellectually impaired teammate, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in the U.S. District Court of Colorado. The lawsuit states Griswold, 25, “maliciously” targeted and groomed a 19-year-old born with autism who “has suffered from developmental delay and intellectual disability for his entire life.” In Tokyo, the athlete competed under the S14 classification for competitors with IQs of 75 and below. 

Griswold, who has cerebral palsy, was suspended by the U.S. Center for SafeSport on Aug. 23. He was previously suspended by SafeSport in September 2020, but that punishment was lifted prior to the Tokyo Paralympics. 

Robert Griswold of United States competes in the Men's 100m Butterfly S8 Final during the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships at Penteada Olympic Pools Complex on June 14, 2022 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. p]

SafeSport and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee are listed as additional defendants in the case. USA TODAY Sports does not name potential victims of sexual assault unless given permission. 

“The allegations brought forth by the complaint filed today are extremely concerning and we take them very seriously,” a USOPC spokesman said in a statement. “We’ve made the decision to place two staff members on administrative leave and have also stopped the work of several contractors with U.S. Paralympics Swimming. We’re also continuing our investigation of the allegations to help us determine the facts, and we are committed to taking appropriate action.”

Story Credit: usatoday.com

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