US Gymnasts Heard in Senate on Abuses by Doctor Larry Nassar

Gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, Olympic and world champions for the United States of America, will testify before a Senate committee this Wednesday, which analyzes the FBI’s failures in the investigation of sexual abuse by the former doctor of the Larry Nassar team.

The 58-year-old doctor is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in late 2017 and early 2018 to sexually assaulting women and girls while working as a sports medicine doctor at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University (MSU).

Some 265 women – including Olympic athletes, from various universities and gymnasts – have accused Nassar of sexually abusing them during his career spanning more than two decades.

Biles, Maroney, Raisman and another former gymnast, Maggie Nichols, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on “the FBI’s breach of duty in the Nassar case,” the commission explains. FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will also testify, but in a separate session.

Horowitz’s office authored a report published in July that analyzed the FBI’s handling of the charges against Nassar and found that, despite the “extraordinarily serious nature of the charges” against Nassar, senior officials at the FBI’s Indianapolis office did not they responded with “the extreme seriousness and urgency they deserved”.

The US gymnastics team reported Nassar to the FBI in July 2015, but he continued to see patients at Michigan State University until he was reported by a newspaper in September 2016.

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