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Olympic track silver medalist accused of sexual offense against minor

Portrait of Danny Harris

10 Jul 1995: Portrait of Danny Harris of the USA during the 1995 IAAF Mobil Grand Prix in Stockholm, Sweden. Harris won the 400 metre Hurdles event. Mandatory Credit: Gray Mortimore/Allsport

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Danny Harris, a 1984 Olympic 400m hurdles silver medalist, was arrested Friday on charges of contacting a minor with intent to commit a sex crime, according to police records.

Harris, 51, was a walk-on track coach at a California high school when accused of inappropriate contacts with a student. He was relieved of his duties May 17, according to police.

Harris has a court date set for Tuesday. Police declined to comment further, citing an ongoing investigation.

When he was 18, Harris took silver behind Edwin Moses in the 1984 Olympic 400m hurdles. Sunday marked the 30-year anniversary of Harris ending Moses’ 122-race winning streak in 1987.

Harris struggled with a cocaine addiction in the 1990s and was the subject of a 2016 documentary film, “Crossing the Line.”

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