Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Geddert facing criminal probe amid Nassar scandal

Video AP Dr Larry Nassar is escorted into court during the seventh day of his sentencing hearing in Lansing Michigan Video AP Dr Larry Nassar is escorted into court during the seventh day of his sentencing hearing in Lansing Michigan
Elsie Buchanan | 08 February, 2018, 12:27

Last month, a judge in Ingham County sentenced him to up to 175 years behind bars, and he previously received a 60-year sentence in federal court.

Nassar, 54, was sentenced in a Charlotte, Michigan, courtroom on three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, adding to long prison terms he already faces for additional sex crimes. The sentence calls for Nassar to serve a minimum of 40 years in prison.

Michigan State University Interim President John Engler is expressing disappointment after state authorities investigating the school's handling of Larry Nassar executed search warrants on campus as TV cameras were filming.

Geddert, the United States women's gymnastics coach for the gold medal-winning 2012 Olympic team, ran Twistars Gymnastics Club in Dimondale, Mich., where Nassar volunteered. Various high-ranking officials at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State have resigned in recent weeks as a result of the scandal. They told the judge how he sexually assaulted them under the guise that he was performing medical treatments.

This final sentencing marks the end of three criminal proceedings for Nassar, who abused at least 265 female athletes over the course of decades.

Judge Cunningham revealed that days before, in a jailhouse pre-sentencing interview, Mr. Nassar claimed that his admission during plea hearings that his bare-handed invasive pelvic procedures had no legitimate goal was incorrect.

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Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse.

Raisman, in her powerful address of Nassar, flatly said that USA Gymnastics is an institution that is "rotting from the inside". Oftentimes, those victims were given unnecessary treatments or misled by Nassar, which also robbed them of their good health, she said. At Mr Nassar's sentencing hearing, several ex-Twistars gymnasts accused Mr Geddert of being physically abusive, ignoring their injuries, and preventing them from seeing other doctors.

"You told me to kill myself not just once, but many other times", Thrush said about Geddert.

"But I was wrong in my firm belief", she said in court on January 25.

The case against Nassar has sparked various investigations into why the United States Olympic Committee, the sport's governing body USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, where he also worked, failed to investigate complaints about him going back years.

During the final round of sentencing, former gymnast Annie Labrie summed up the reality of the Nassar situation bluntly.

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