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Athlete-turned-addict finds faith, help

By Jenn Kloc/For CU-CitizenAccess — Everyone expected Charles “Tyke” Peacock to bring home a gold medal from the 1984 Olympics. No one suspected that he faked an injury to avoid the Olympic qualifiers and hide his drug addiction.

Fast forward 27 years: On Monday, a judge will decide whether Urbana-native Peacock, 50, must surrender to a six-year prison sentence for burglary or if he can finish recovering from his addiction at the Men’s Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE) House, a 12-month rehabilitation program through the Canaan Baptist Church in Urbana. 

Jenn Kloc/Charles "Tyke" Peacock, 50, stands outside the Men's Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE) House, operated through the Canaan Baptist Church, in Urbana. Peacock will find out Monday if he is to serve a six-year prison sentence for burglary or continue treatment at the SAFE House. At one-time, Peacock was ranked the top high jumper in the world.
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