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Rio Police Arrest Second Olympic Boxer Over Sexual Assault

Namibia's Jonas Junius allegedly assaulted a room maid in the Olympic village.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Brazilian police have arrested a 22-year-old boxer who was the flag bearer for the Namibian national team on suspicion of attempting to sexually assault a room maid in the Olympic village, the second boxer detained on such charges at the Games.

Jonas Junius, who is competing in the light welterweight division, allegedly grabbed the maid and tried to kiss her. He is also suspected of offering the victim money to sleep with him, police said in a statement.

Brazilian police have arrested Jonas Junius, pictured, on suspicion of attempting to secually assault a room maid at the Olym
Brazilian police have arrested Jonas Junius, pictured, on suspicion of attempting to secually assault a room maid at the Olympic Village.

The maid reported the incident to the police. The Games’ organizers confirmed the incident but said it was in the hands of police.

“Brazilian law needs to be respected,” said Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada. “What we need to ensure is that all the legal procedures are being followed and we are assured that they have been.”

Last week another boxer, Morocco’s Hassan Saada, was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two room maids at the Olympic Village.

(Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer and Daniel Flynn; Editing by Clare Fallon and Mark Lamport-Stokes)

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