Japanese judo champ charged with rape

Japanese prosecutors have filed rape charges against two-time

Olympic judo champion Masato Uchishiba

Tokyo prosecutors said the 33-year-old Uchishiba was formally

charged Tuesday. He’s accused of raping a teenager at a hotel in

September after intoxicating her with an alcoholic drink and taking

advantage of her inability to resist. Her identity is being

withheld because she is a minor.

Police arrested Uchishiba in early December. He has denied the

accusation, saying the sex was consensual. If convicted, he could

face more than three years in prison.

Uchishiba won gold medals in the 66-kilogram class in the 2004

and 2008 Olympics. He has since retired from competition, and was

fired as a judo coach in September by a university over sexual

harassment allegations.