Report: Justice Department investigating sexual abuse in U.S. Olympic sports organizations
The U.S. Justice Department is pursuing multiple criminal investigations into sexual abuse in U.S. Olympic sports organizations, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
When contacted by WILX-TV, the Justice Department declined comment.
California-based attorney John Manley, who has represented multiple women sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar, said in a statement emailed to WILX he’s convinced the investigation only happened because of their courage.
“The US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, the FBI, their senior executives and others who enabled Larry Nassar’s abuse of our Olympic athletes and hundreds of other young girls must be brought to justice,” Manley said.
Manley said the U.S. Office of Inspector General has been investigating the FBI’s handling of the Nassar scandal for more than a year and demands for the results to be made public.
“The results of this new investigation should also be made public so that action cam be taken by Congress and the courts to end the culture of exploitation and abuse of child athletes in the United States,” Manley said.
Nassar, formerly of Holt, was sentenced in Eaton and Ingham counties in late 2017 and early 2018 to life in prison for sexually assaulting hundreds of women and girls. He’s a former Michigan State University sports medicine doctor who treated hundreds of athletes in the Lansing region.
Nassar also treated members of the gold medal winning 2012 US women’s gymnastics team coached by John Geddert, a Grand Ledge resident.
On Jan. 23, 2018, Geddert confirmed with families of gymnasts he coached that he had retired. The news came in the form of an email that was made public just hours after USA Gymnastics suspended his membership.
Geddert remains under investigation by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office.