Authorities in Utah have charged a 2002 Winter Olympics gold medalist in sledding with sexual assault of a girl.
On Monday, James “Jimmy” Shea appeared in court for the first time, charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of sexual battery.
According to court records, the cases happened in 2020.
Rudy Bautista, Shea’s lawyer, said the allegations stem from a family feud and a dispute over what his client says was caring and affectionate touching.
Shea, 52, intends to enter a not guilty plea to the charges, which he believes should be dismissed, according to Bautista.
To protect the privacy of the girl, the Associated Press is not revealing the alleged victim’s relationship to Shea.
Shea is a third-generation Olympian who won gold in the skeleton competition at the 2002 Salt Lake Games.
Skeleton is a sport in which competitors ride down the ice headfirst on a sled at around 120 km/h.