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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Steroid Abuse Charged

BERLIN -- The first charges to result from a criminal investigation into steroid use in East German sports were brought Tuesday against four former East German swimming coaches.

The four were accused of causing bodily harm by administering anabolic steroids to 17 teenage girls from 1974 to 1989 "without telling them or their parents, or answering honestly when asked'' what they were being given, although the coaches were aware the steroids could have harmful side-effects.

They face up to three years in prison if convicted.