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Crime Nassar-Linked Gymnastics Coach Dies by Suicide Hours After Human Trafficking Charges

08:20  26 february  2021
08:20  26 february  2021 Source:   thedailybeast.com

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A former USA Gymnastics coach who worked with convicted rapist Dr. Larry Nassar killed himself Thursday, the same day he was hit with 24 charges , including human trafficking and sexual assault. “Former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert, who led the women’s team to a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics, committed suicide Thursday after he was charged with sexual assault and human trafficking in relation to acts that occurred at a Michigan gym he owned and ran for decades,” The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Former Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday afternoon, just hours after he was charged in Michigan with 20 counts of human trafficking , sexual assault, lying to a peace officer and racketeering . This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved," said Nessel. Geddert, the head coach of the 2012 US women's gymnastics team at the London games, was a close ally of disgraced former team doctor, Larry Nassar - whose sexual assault of young gymnasts was ignored by Geddert, according to the Wall Street Journal .

John Geddert, a former U.S. Gymnastics coach and owner of the Michigan gym where Larry Nassar worked and abused hundreds of young gymnasts, died by suicide Thursday, just hours after authorities announced he had been charged with 24 felonies, including 20 counts of human trafficking. He was 63.

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While only one of Geddert’s charges—lying to a police officer that he had no knowledge of the doctor’s abuse—was linked to the Nassar case, according to The Detroit News, the two were longtime associates. Nassar worked out of Geddert’s Michigan gym, Twistars.

“My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life. This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement.

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A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sport doctor Larry Nassar died by suicide after being charged with two dozen crimes. The announcement from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel came about three hours after a news conference where Nessel announced that John Geddert was charged with crimes, including sexual assault, human trafficking and running a criminal enterprise. The charges were the latest fallout from the sexual abuse scandal involving Nassar , a former Michigan State University sports doctor now in prison.

LANSING, MICHIGAN - A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar died by suicide Thursday after being charged with two dozen crimes, including forms of human trafficking , Michigan's attorney general said. The announcement from Attorney General The charges were the latest fallout from the sexual abuse scandal involving Nassar , a former Michigan State University sports doctor now in prison. Geddert was accused of turning his Michigan gym into a yearslong criminal enterprise by coercing girls to train under him and then verbally and physically

Three of the 10 sexual assaults Nassar was convicted of took place at Twistars, according to the Lansing State Journal, with one woman testifying that Geddert walked in while Nassar was abusing her.

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