TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prosecutors have filed rape charges against a two-time Olympic judo gold medalist.
Tokyo prosecutors said Masato Uchishiba, 33, was formally charged Tuesday. He is accused of raping a teenager at a hotel in September after intoxicating her with an alcoholic drink and taking advantage of her inability to resist. Her identity is withheld because she is a minor.
Police arrested Uchishiba in early December. He has denied the accusation, saying the sex was consensual.
He was fired as a judo coach in September by a university over sexual harassment allegations.
Uchishiba won gold in the 66-kilogram class at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He has since retired from competition.
If convicted, he could face more than 3 years in prison.