Nov. 16 (UPI) — Kenyan Olympic champion runner Conseslus Kipruto pleaded not responsible Monday the place he appeared in courtroom on prices of defilement of a 15-year-old woman.

Kipruto, 25, pleaded not responsible Monday morning in a courtroom in Kenya in his hometown Kapsabet, which is the capital of Nandi County. The courtroom launched the person, who received gold for the three,000 meter Steeplechase closing on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on $1,850 money bond.

Prosecutors stated that the costs stem from a report back to an area police station {the teenager}’s dad and mom made, alleging Kipruto eloped with their daughter on Oct. 20.

The 15-year-old allegedly went lacking for 3 days, and as soon as she returned residence she refused to reveal the place she had been, based on the police report, however upon her cellphone log, police discovered that she had consistently been speaking with Kipruto.

With the age of consent being 18 in Kenya, the Olympic runner was charged with defilement of a 15-year-old woman.

If discovered responsible, below the Sexual Offenses Act 2006, he might obtain as much as a 14-year jail sentence.

Kipruto appeared within the courtroom earlier than the Justice of the Peace by way of Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic with tight safety and sporting a hood to keep away from media photos.

The trial is about to start on Might 10.

Kipruto, who has additionally received a world championship in London in 2017 and in Doha, Qatar, in 2019, competed in just one race this 12 months after testing constructive for COVID-19 in August.