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Federal agents searched Klete Keller’s home on day he was arrested

Klete Keller prepares to compete in 200-meter freestyle during the 2008 U.S. Swimming Olympic trials.
Federal agents searched the home of Klete Keller, the five-time Olympic medalist swimmer from USC charged in the Capitol riot, on the same day he was arrested last month.
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Federal agents searched the home of Klete Keller, the five-time Olympic medalist swimmer from USC charged in the U.S. Capitol riot, on the same day he was arrested last month.

According to federal court records, authorities executed a search and seizure warrant at Keller’s residence in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Jan. 14.

A docket entry said the search encompassed the home and “all out-buildings and vehicles located thereon and to include the person of Klete Derik Keller, if he is present at the time of the search warrant execution.”

Last week, Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty granted a “partial motion to unrestrict” the case by the government, but a spokesman for the U.S. District Court in Denver said the documents, including the affidavit in support of the warrant and the return, remain sealed.

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The docket was removed from public view Tuesday following inquiries from The Times.

Former USC and Olympic swimmer Klete Keller was arrested in Colorado a day after being charged with three crimes in connection with the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Keller’s attorney, Edward B. MacMahon Jr., didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The FBI arrested Keller in Denver last month in connection with the riot. He was first identified amid the chaos in the Capitol rotunda Jan. 6 through a video recorded by a journalist. Keller stood out thanks to his 6-foot-6 frame and distinctive U.S. Olympic team jacket.

A grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against Keller this month. The charges include disorderly conduct in a restricted building, civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding.

Keller, who is free on a personal recognizance bond, hasn’t made a public statement since the riot or entered a plea. His next hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Keller competed in three Olympics, winning gold medals in the 800-meter freestyle relay in 2004 and gold in the same event in 2008.


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