By The Associated Press

Boyer, upon his arrest in 2002
Boyer, upon his arrest in 2002


The first American to ride in the Tour de France is seeking early release from probation after pleading guilty to molesting an 11-year-old girl in 2002.

Jonathan Boyer, a U.S. Cycling Hall of Famer who competed in the Tour de France in 1981, appeared in court Thursday in Salinas, California, to ask a judge to lift the last two years of his probation. His lawyer said Boyer was a model inmate and has successfully completed therapy. The 51-year-old Boyer now runs a cycling shop.

“He’s done everything and his probation officer thinks it’s probably time to terminate probation,” lawyer Jim Dozier said.

Monterey County Chief Assistant District Attorney Terry Spitz said Friday his office was unaware of Boyer’s request but would assess the case. A January 18 hearing was set.

Boyer pleaded guilty to 10 felony counts of child molestation and was sentenced to one year in jail and five years’ probation. The victim told police that Boyer molested her over a period of three years.