Grand jury indicts Lester on six criminal charges

Harry Lester walks out on to the mat for a match at the 2012 Olympic Games in London (Photo/Larry Slater)

Harry Lester, 2012 U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler and two-time world medalist, was indicted by the Summit County Grand Jury on six criminal charges Monday, reported WOIO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Cleveland.

Lester was indicted on three charges of sexual battery -- a third-degree felony -- and three charges of failure to comply with underage alcohol laws -- an unclassified misdemeanor -- by a grand jury in the county where he has served as head wrestling coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron for three years. He was put on unpaid leave by the school in mid-April 2019, and was fired in early May, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Monday.

Akron police have said Lester, 35, had a sexual relationship with a female student for approximately one year, ending in April 2019. The victim was 18 years old at the start of the relationship.

As InterMat reported, Lester turned himself in to the Summit County Jail on July 4 but has been out on bond.

Lester is expected to be arraigned on Friday, Aug. 2.

An Akron native, Lester had been an eight-time U.S. World Team member. In addition to being a 2012 Olympian and Pan American Games champion, among Lester's other Greco-Roman wrestling career highlights: Two-time world bronze medalist (2006, 2007), six-time U.S. Open champion, 2005 World University Games bronze medalist, and 1999 Cadet world champion.


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DannyClarke (1) about 4 months ago
Will he go by Harry or Justin at his court appearance?! I wonder...