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Danish champion acquitted of sex offense charges

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AFP) — Brian Holm, Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Danish sporting director, was on Thursday cleared of charges that he sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl, his lawyer said.

Holm had been charged with indecent exposure after the girl, a friend of his daughter’s, claimed he had removed her underwear and had licked her ear after coming home drunk one night.

The 51-year-old had denied the charges but admitted to being so drunk on the night in question that he threw up.

A court in Copenhagen found that, although the girl “had been terrified,” there was insufficient evidence to support her claims, Danish daily BT wrote.

“He wants to go home to his family now. This has been exhausting for him,” Holm’s lawyer Karoline Doessing Normann told AFP.

Holm was a professional cyclist from 1986 to 1998 and won the Paris-Brussels semi-classic in 1991. In 2002 he admitted to doping in the 1990s.

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