Olympic swimming champion Agnel denies coercion in rape case

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The prosecutor in the rape case of two-time Olympic swimming champion Yannick Agnel said the Frenchman admitted to having had a relationship with a minor but denied being coerced.

PARIS – Double Olympic swimming champion Yannick Agnel admitted to having had a relationship with an underage girl but denied using coercion, the prosecutor said on Monday in the Frenchman’s rape case.

Prosecutor Edwige Roux-Morizot said Agnel “recognizes the materiality of the alleged facts” but said he did not “feel that there had been coercion”.

Agnel was 24 when the alleged rape took place. The girl would be 13 years old.

Agnel was arrested in Paris last week. On Saturday, he was indicted and the case was sent to Mulhouse, in eastern France.

Roux-Morizot also said the events took place in 2016 in several locations, including Spain, Thailand and Brazil.

In France, an adult cannot have consensual sexual relations with a person under the age of 15. Earlier this year, the French parliament passed a law that qualifies sex with a child under the age of 15 as rape and punishable by up to 20 years in prison, bringing its penal code closer to that many other western countries.

Agnel won two gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics, in the 200-meter freestyle and the 4×100 freestyle relay. He retired in 2016.

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