Senators call for select panel to investigate USA Gymnastics

Published: Jan. 25, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST
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Senators from both parties are calling for the creation of a select committee to investigate the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics following the sentencing of a former sports doctor who admitted molesting female gymnasts for years under the guise of medical treatment.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says the Senate should investigate how Dr. Larry Nassar was given unsupervised access to the gymnasts, allowing him to sexually abuse them over decades. Nassar was sentenced Wednesday to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than 150 women and girls.

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa is also backing the special committee.

The House and Senate have each approved legislation requiring Olympics organizations to immediately report sex-abuse allegations, but the bills are not identical.