Former U.S. swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller pleaded not guilty Tuesday to seven charges stemming from the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Keller, 38, issued the plea during a virtual hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington. He is due to make his next court appearance April 6.
Keller's attorney, Edward MacMahon, declined to offer any additional comment on the case Tuesday.
A three-time Olympian, Keller initially faced three charges after law enforcement identified him as one of the hundreds of people who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. A grand jury indicted him on four additional charges last month.
Former U.S. swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller faces criminal charges after authorities identified him among rioters in the U.S. Capitol. (Photo: Getty)
The charges filed against Keller include civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, among others.
In a criminal complaint, an FBI agent wrote that he was able to identify the 6-foot-6 former swimmer in part by the Team USA jacket he was wearing on the day of the riot, "which also appears to bear a Nike logo on the front right side and a red and white Olympic patch on the front left side."
Keller turned himself into federal authorities in mid-January and was released without bond.
Keller won five Olympic medals during his swimming career, including gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2004 Games in Athens and the 2008 Games in Beijing.
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