FORMER-U.S. OLYMPICS COACH FOUND DEAD AFTER SEX ASSAULT CHARGES


27/02/2021




İrem UZUN -TDO- John Geddert, who coached the 2012 U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team, was found dead after being charged with 24 felonies in connection with the abuse of young gymnasts. The office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed the death of John Geddert on Thursday afternoon. In the morning, Nessel had outlined 24 felony charges facing Geddert. "This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved," Nessel said. 

Geddert was head of the women's gymnastics team in 2012 and worked closely with team doctor Larry Nassar who abused hundreds of athletes. He was accused of making his Michigan gym a hub of human trafficking by coercing girls to train and going on to abuse them. As well as facing charges of 20 counts of human trafficking, he also faced a count of first-degree sexual assault, a count of second-degree sexual assault, one of criminal enterprise and another of lying to a police officer.

Nessel's office said Geddert, who was suspended by U.S. Gymnastics in January 2018, had used his reputation as an Olympic-level coach, promising parents he could transform students into world-class athletes. He allegedly also neglected advice of medical doctors— except that from Nassar. Nassar is serving two prison sentences in Michigan of 40 to 125 years and 40 to 175 years for molesting young female gymnasts. He is also serving a 60-year federal prison sentence for child pornography convictions.


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