Hungary's Tamas Kenderesi competes in a heat for the men's 200m butterfly event during the swimming competition at the 2019 World Championships at Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea, on July 23, 2019. (Photo by François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)

SEOUL, – Hungarian swimmer Tamas Kenderesi has been charged with a sexual harassment offence following the world championships in South Korea but has been given permission to leave the country, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Olympic bronze medallist was formally accused of committing an indecent act by compulsion, an official at the Gwangju District Prosecutors’ Office told AFP.

She said Kenderesi had paid a deposit of three million won ($2,500) towards any fine. The charge is a summary offence under South Korean law and will be dealt with administratively, without a courtroom trial.

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Kenderesi has admitted to “thoughtlessly touching” a nightclub dancer but denied allegations of sexual harassment.

He had been banned from leaving the South while police investigated the incident at a bar in Gwangju, around 330 kilometres (200 miles) south of Seoul, at the weekend.

The “next procedure” would be lifting the departure ban, the prosecution official said, but did not confirm whether the swimmer had already left the country.

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Kenderesi finished last in the 200 metres butterfly world championship final last week, but took bronze in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (AFP)



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