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LONDON -- Three men linked to Jordan's Paralympic team were arrested and charged in Northern Ireland following allegations of sexual assault, British media reported Tuesday. It was not clear if the men were athletes or supporting members of Jordan's team.

Jordan's squad is one of several national teams training in a sports centre in Antrim, northwest of Belfast, ahead of the Paralympic Games that start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 9.

When asked about the BBC and Sky News reports of the arrests of the three Jordanians, Northern Irish police said three men were arrested for questioning in the Antrim area on Monday "in relation to allegations of indecent assault." They did not identify the men by name or further explain the circumstances.

Police said later Tuesday that one of the men, a 23-year-old, was charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of sexual assault on a woman and voyeurism.

A second man, aged 35, was charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child, and the third, aged 36, was charged with one count of sexual assault on a woman.

A Jordanian sports official confirmed three team members have been arrested, but declined to provide any details. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment while Northern Irish police were still investigating.

Jordan sent a 19-strong delegation to the Paralympics. Its National Paralympic Committee was not immediately available to comment.

The organizing committee of the London Games declined to comment because the case was under police investigation.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 22, 2012 D2

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