Peter Seisenbacher, 59 a Judo coach and retired judoka from Austria, who won two gold medals in the Olympics in 1984 & 1988 has been sentenced to five years in jail for sexually abusing two girls.

One girl was nine when the abuse started, the other was 13. The abuse took place in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Vienna court found. A third woman says he tried to sexually abuse her at a holiday camp when she was 16.

After years of circulating rumors, in June 2014 a number of women filed criminal complaints against Seisenbacher for alleged sexual misconduct against them when they were still minors or children and on 5 October 2016 was formally indicted by the Vienna Prosecutor’s Office for statutory rape of two girls who at the time were less than 14 years of age, and for attempted sexual assault of one girl who at the time was 16 years old. The first indictment involved a girl who was 11, when in 1999 she allegedly was sexually assaulted at multiple occasions by Seisenbacher lasting until 2001; the second indictment involved the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in 2004.

In December 2016 Seisenbacher failed to show up for his trial in court for two days in a row and instead fled the country, after which he officially became a fugitive from justice on worldwide warrant and was able to remain on the run for 200 days before finally being arrested in August 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine and handed back to Austria on 12 September, 2019.


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