Jonas Junias Jonas, a Namibia boxer, has been arrested in Brazil for sexually assaulting a maid. Mr. Jonas, 22, a boxing sensation in Africa, was the flag bearer for his country at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Summer Games.
On Monday, Brazilian police arrested the boxer after a maid accused him of grabbing her, touching her inappropriately, kissing her without her contentment, and then offering her money to have sexual relations with him. It is claimed that Jonas’ coach stood and watched as he harassed the woman.
The maid fled the Olympic Village and reported the incident to the police. The Olympic Village is a collection of high-rise apartments near the main Olympic Park where more than 11,000 athletes live. International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said security is a priority at the Olympic Village. Adams added:
“Brazilian law needs to be respected and this is something that we have to agree on.What we need to do is make sure that all the legal procedures are being followed and we understand that they have.”
Police spokeswoman Carolina Salomao told local media:
“She was cleaning another room. He grabbed her from behind and gave her a kiss on the neck. This shows a lack of respect for Brazilian women.”
Jonas’ arrest came just 24 hours after police arrested Moroccan boxer Hassan Saada, also 22, on suspicion of sexually assaulting two female maids, who were cleaning his room in the athletes’ village. Mr. Jonas is expected to be transferred to the sprawling Bangu prison complex in Rio’s far west zone, where Brazilian suspects accused of petty and violent crimes await trials and carry out their sentences.
Jonas became a national star after winning the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland after losing to Josh Taylor in 2014. Jonas was set to fight Frenchman Hassan Amzile on Thursday in the light welterweight class. As for Saada, he has been automatically disqualified.