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Two Olympic Boxers Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Housekeepers In Rio

Jonas Junias (left), pictured here at the Britain Commonwealth Games in 2014, is one of two Olympic boxers who have been arrested for sexual assault. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/PETER MORRISON, THINKPROGRESS/DYLAN PETROHILOS
Jonas Junias (left), pictured here at the Britain Commonwealth Games in 2014, is one of two Olympic boxers who have been arrested for sexual assault. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/PETER MORRISON, THINKPROGRESS/DYLAN PETROHILOS

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At the Olympic Games, security concerns are usually focused on protecting athletes and tourists from crime by locals, but after two Olympic boxers have been arrested for sexual assault this week in Rio, that equation has been turned on its axis.

On Friday, Hassan Saada from Morocco was arrested for sexually assaulting two housekeepers. On Monday, Jonas Junias from Namibia, who served as his country’s flag bearer during the Opening Ceremonies, was also arrested for trying to force himself on a housekeeper.

The Associated Press reports that the alleged attacks by Saada occurred last Wednesday. According to chief investigator Carolina Salomao, the two women reported to the police that Saada called them up to his room, then restrained and fondled them.

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“They were cleaning the room right across his, and he assaulted them. He groped the breast of one of them and touched the other woman’s thigh. They were able to get out,” Salomao told reporters.

Saada will be jailed for 15 days while the case is investigated, as is permitted by Brazilian law. The 22-year-old was scheduled to compete against Mehmet Nadir Unal from Turkey on Saturday, but Unal received a walkover.

Junias, meanwhile, is expected to be transferred to Rio’s Bangu prison later today, as reported by Gabriel Elizondo of Al Jazeera English.

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According to the Brazilian news site O Globo, Junias was arrested by Brazilian police after a maid accused him of “grabbing her, kissing her forcefully, and then offering her money to have sexual relations with him.”

He is currently scheduled to face Hassan Amzile of France in the first round of the Men’s Light Welter division on Thursday.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) are both deferring to Brazilian authorities on both matters.

“Brazilian law needs to be respected and this is something that we have to agree on,” Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, told USA Today. “What we need to do is make sure that all the legal procedures are being followed and we understand that they have.”