Peter Seisenbacher

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Peter Seisenbacher
Peter Seisenbacher (Gala-Nacht des Sports 2009).jpg
Peter Seisenbacher in 2009
Personal information
Born25 March 1960 (1960-03-25) (age 59)
Vienna, Austria
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight86 kg (190 lb)
ClubJC Manner, Wien
Budoclub Wien

Peter Seisenbacher (born 25 March 1960) is a judo coach and retired judoka from Austria. He competed in the middleweight category (−86 kg) at the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympics and won two gold medals, in 1984 and 1988.[1] He also won a world title in 1985 and European title in 1986.[2]

After retiring from competitions, Seisenbacher worked as a judo coach, in Austria, Georgia (2010–2012), and Azerbaijan (2012–2013). Under his guidance, the Georgian team won 2 gold, 3 silver, and 4 bronze medals at European championships, one bronze medal at world championships, and an Olympic gold medal in 2012.

After years of circulating rumors, in June 2014 a number of women filed criminal complaints against Seisenbacher for alleged sexual misconduct against them when they were still minors or children. On October 5, 2016, Seisenbacher was formally indicted by the Vienna Prosecutor's Office for statutory rape of two girls who at the time were less than 14 years of age, and for attempted sexual assault of one girl who at the time was 16 years old. The first indictment involved a girl who was 11 when in 1999 she allegedly was sexually assaulted at multiple occasions by Seisenbacher lasting until 2001; the second indictment involved the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in 2004. The attempted sexual assault of the 16-year old allegedly occurred during a training camp in Croatia in 2001.[3][4][5][6]

The formal indictment came after a lengthy judicial investigation following earlier police complaints filed in 2013 by several former pupils, as reported by numerous newspapers in June 2014.[7][8][9]

However, in December 2016 Seisenbacher failed to show up for his trial in court for two days in a row and instead fled the country, after which he officially became a fugitive from justice on worldwide warrant.[10] [11][12] While Interpol searched for him in Europe, Kazachstan, the United States and Dubai,[10] Seisenbacher was able to remain on the run for 200 days. Considered dangerous, he was finally arrested by a SWAT team on August 2, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine and is currently in a Ukrainian prison awaiting extradition to Austria.[13][14][15][16]


  1. ^ Peter Seisenbacher.
  2. ^ PETER SEISENBACHER (Austria).
  3. ^ Reibenwein, Michaela (5 October 2016). "Seisenbacher soll Mädchen missbraucht haben". (in German). Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  4. ^ The Standard (6 October 2016). "(Judo) Austrian Olympian charged with sex assault of girls". The Standard (Hongkong). Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  5. ^ L'esprit du Judo (6 October 2016). "Ein Feuerwerk an Fußwürfen bei FTN". L'esprit du Judo (in French). Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  6. ^ DE News Today, "Doppel-Olympiasieger Seisenbacher wegen Missbrauchs angeklagt", DE News Today, October 5, 2016
  7. ^ Wiener Zeitung (11 June 2014). "Ermittlungen gegen Seisenbacher bald abgeschlossen". Wiener Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  8. ^ (10 June 2014). "Olympiasieger Seisenbacher steht unter Missbrauchsverdacht". Die Presse (in German). Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  9. ^ Wiener Zeitung (5 October 2016). "Seisenbacher wegen Kindesmissbrauchs angeklagt". Wiener Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Interpol - Red Notice: Seisenbacher, Peter". Interpol. 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  11. ^ JudoInside (19 December 2016). "Double Olympic Champion Peter Seisenbacher faces worldwide search warrant". Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  12. ^ (19 December 2016). "Seisenbacher erschien nicht vor Gericht". (in German). Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  13. ^ Berliner Zeitung (2 August 2017). "Schwerer sexueller Missbrauch Olympiasieger Seisenbacher in der Ukraine gefasst". Berliner Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  14. ^ OE24.TV, "Auf der Flucht: Peter Seisenbacher in Kiew gefasst OE24.TV", OE24.TV, August 2, 2017
  15. ^ OE24.TV, "Auf der Flugt: Peter Seisenbacher in Kiew gefasst ", OE24.TV, August 2, 2017
  16. ^ N24, "Judo-Olympiasieger Peter Seisenbacher verhaftet – Verdacht auf Kindesmissbrauch", N24, August 2, 2017
Seisenbacher (1984 Olympics) on a 1985 Paraguay stamp
Seisenbacher (left, 1988 Olympics) on a 1989 Paraguay stamp

Preceded by
Austria Franz Klammer
Austrian Sportsman of the year
Succeeded by
Austria Michael Hadschieff
Preceded by
Austria Andreas Felder
Austrian Sportsman of the year
Succeeded by
Austria Rudolf Nierlich