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US Simone Biles, Aly Raisman to testify before Senate on FBI's Larry Nassar investigation

17:11  15 september  2021
17:11  15 september  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Gymnastic superstars Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday on the FBI's failures to investigate 2015 sexual abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. 

Simone Biles, Aly Raisman are posing for a picture: USA gymnasts Simone Biles (left) and Aly Raisman finished first and second, respectively, in the all-around competition. © Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports USA gymnasts Simone Biles (left) and Aly Raisman finished first and second, respectively, in the all-around competition.

All four gymnasts said they were victims of Nassar's abuse with Nichols being the first athlete to bring a sexual abuse complaint about Nassar to top officials at USA Gymnastics. 

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The Department of Justice Inspector General released a stinging 119-page report in July that found Indianapolis FBI officials made false statements, failed to respond for months leading to more than 100 other gymnasts being sexually abused and exhibited "extremely poor judgment" in the handling of the allegations against Nassar. 

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The report also said the FBI's Indianapolis field office failed to respond "with the utmost seriousness and urgency that the allegations deserved and required."

Following the report, an unnamed supervisory special agent involved in the case was reassigned pending the completion of an internal FBI investigation. The agent, identified as Michael Langeman, has since been dismissed, the Washington Post reported late Tuesday.

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After initial allegations of abuse were brought to light by former USA Gymnastics President Stephen D. Penny Jr. in July 2015, the report found the FBI field office in Indianapolis "conducted limited follow-up." 

The field office also failed to alert the proper authorities, the DOJ says.

As the investigation languished, Nassar continued to work with gymnasts for more than a year. The report said that "according to civil court documents, 70 or more young athletes were allegedly sexually abused under the guise of medical treatment" during that time. An attorney for Nassar's victims allege he abused at least 120 more women and children. 

Nassar's sexual abuse were publicly exposed in September 2016 by an IndyStar investigation. He pleaded guilty to federal and state charges and was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison. 

Biles tells Congress 'enough is enough' after gymnast abuse

  Biles tells Congress 'enough is enough' after gymnast abuse WASHINGTON (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles told Congress on Wednesday that “enough is enough” in emotional testimony along with other young gymnasts about her sexual abuse at the hands of USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Biles blamed not only the gymnastics organization but also federal law enforcement that “turned a blind eye” to the crimes as hundreds of young athletes were abused. “I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse,” Biles said through tears in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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In August, USA Gymnastics reached an agreement on a proposed $425 million settlement with more than 500 women who said they were sexually abused by Nassar, their coach or someone else affiliated with the sport.

The Senate hearing titled "Dereliction of Duty: Examining the Inspector General's Report on the FBI's Handling of the Larry Nassar Investigation," will also feature testimony from Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Chris Wray. 

Contributing: Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star; Kevin Johns

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Simone Biles, Aly Raisman to testify before Senate on FBI's Larry Nassar investigation

Angelina Jolie Says She Was 'Honored' to Meet McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman: 'I'm in Awe of Their Courage' .
McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman were among those who testified on Wednesday's Senate hearing on the FBI's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation . On Thursday, the actress and director, 46, shared a photo of herself posing with some of the former and current athletes who appeared at the hearing to share their stories, including Maroney, Raisman, Maggie Nichols, Kaylee Lorincz, and Jessica Howard. "I was honored to meet with some of the brave US gymnasts who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday," Jolie captioned the picture on her Instagram.

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