A German court has found guilty in a case involving child sexual abuse of a former world-class cyclist who won two gold medals at the 1976 Olympics.
Court’s Decision on Child Sex Abuse
According to the reports released by AP News, regional court in Tuebingen, southwest Germany, found Gregor Braun guilty on Wednesday of several offenses, including sexually assaulting a child, encouraging serious sexual abuse of a child, and encouraging the creation of abusive photos. According to a statement released by the court on Thursday, he was given a 33-month prison term.
Three years after running away from home, in 2021, the victim reported the incident to the police, which led to the discovery of the case. According to the court’s decision, the defendants must pay her damages. The woman received a 45-month prison term after offering a partial confession during the trial and apologizing to her daughter.
Accusations Denied by the Suspect
According to the German news agency DPA, Braun refuted the accusations and claimed that he had not asked for nor desired the presence of the girl.
The victim claimed, however, that her childhood had been stolen, and the court decided that her accounts were reliable.
Before ending his career as a professional cyclist in the late 1980s, Braun won gold medals in both the solo pursuit and the team pursuit events at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, as well as at a number of World Championships and other track and road competitions.