DOJ investigates the handling of the FBI of the Nassar probe

The Justice Department initiated an investigation into how the FBI handled accusations of sexual abuse against the former national gymnastics team doctor. Larry Nassar

The Justice Department initiated an investigation into how the FBI handled accusations of sexual abuse against the former national gymnastics team doctor. Larry Nassar

Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty last year to federal charges of child pornography and sexual abuse in Michigan.

But the Justice Department is now analyzing whether the US doctor. UU He could have been arrested much earlier after it appears that the allegations of abuse in 2015 were not followed immediately.

The Justice Department initiated an investigation into how the FBI handled accusations of sexual abuse against the former national gymnastics team doctor. Larry Nassar

The Justice Department initiated an investigation into how the FBI handled accusations of sexual abuse against the former national gymnastics team doctor. Larry Nassar

It was at least nine months before the FBI officially opened the investigation into the claims against the doctor in disgrace.

The committees of the Judicial Senate and the Senate of Commerce wrote a letter to the director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, in search of information related to the FBI investigation, in July.

The Justice Department also conducted interviews with athletes and gym officials, according to the sources, and if it is determined that the FBI did not do its duty, the new investigation could result in disciplinary action and even criminal charges.

The FBI has just said that it was "reviewing our role in the investigation."

USA Gymnastics contacted the FBI about the allegations in July 2015, but months passed before the agency opened a formal investigation.

At least 40 girls and women said they were abused for a period of 14 months while the FBI was aware of other sexual abuse allegations related to Nassar.

Nassar was finally charged in 2016 after hundreds of girls and women said he sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment while working for Michigan State and Indiana Gymnastics, which trains Olympic athletes.

Nassar was finally charged in 2016 after hundreds of girls and women said he sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment while working for Michigan State and Indiana Gymnastics, which trains Olympic athletes.

Nassar was finally charged in 2016 after hundreds of girls and women said he sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment while working for Michigan State and Indiana Gymnastics, which trains Olympic athletes.

Nassar was finally charged in 2016 after hundreds of girls and women said he sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment while working for Michigan State and Indiana Gymnastics, which trains Olympic athletes.

In the last month, investigators from the inspector general's office have contacted some of the victims whose cases had been reported to the FBI, including former Olympian McKayla Maroney, according to the person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss it publicly. the situation. and spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The FBI and federal prosecutors in Michigan, Los Angeles and Indianapolis have refused to meet with Maroney and his lawyers to explain why it took months for federal agents to open an investigation, his lawyer, John Manly, said.

He alleges that the FBI "hid" what they knew about Nassar by not notifying local authorities in Michigan or contacting the medical board. Maley and several other victims, Manly represents are "horrified" because dozens of other girls and women were abused after the FBI was informed of the allegations, he said.

"They deserved better than what they got," Manly said.

Meanwhile, the president of Gymnastics of EE. US, Kerry Perry, resigned earlier this week and was the last person to face the consequences after Nassar's accusations.

Meanwhile, the president of Gymnastics of EE. US, Kerry Perry, resigned earlier this week and was the last person to face the consequences after Nassar's accusations.

Meanwhile, the president of Gymnastics of EE. US, Kerry Perry, resigned earlier this week and was the last person to face the consequences after Nassar's accusations.

The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment and a spokesman for the inspector general of the Justice Department declined to comment on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the president of the United States Gymnastics, Kerry Perry, resigned earlier this week and was the last person to face the consequences after Nassar's accusations.

Many other people have been accused, dismissed or forced to leave their jobs during investigations in Nassar.

Perry, who had no experience in the sport when she was hired as president and executive director last November, emphasized that her approach would be "to create an empowering environment where everyone has a strong voice and dedicate every day to the safety of athletes" .

However, all too often during his nine months at work – a brief term that ended on Tuesday when Perry resigned due to pressure from the United States Olympic Committee – Perry's voice was missing.

While the former marketing and communications executive spoke frequently with buzzwords – the use of empowerment & # 39; during his introductory press conference it was a signal of what will come during the rare case in which Perry made a public appearance – he struggled to take charge of the extent of the damage inflicted by Nassar.

Larissa Nessar, a former gymnast of the US women's gymnastics team, attends a Nassar trial hearing at the Ingham County Circuit Court on November 22, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan.

Larissa Nessar, a former gymnast of the US women's gymnastics team, attends a Nassar trial hearing at the Ingham County Circuit Court on November 22, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan.

Larissa Nessar, a former gymnast of the US women's gymnastics team, attends a Nassar trial hearing at the Ingham County Circuit Court on November 22, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan.

A group of reporters surround Lindsey Lemke, a former gymnast at Michigan State University and a survivor of Larry Nassar, as she talks after former Michigan state gymnast Kathie Klages was indicted Thursday in District Court 54- A in Lansing, Michigan

A group of reporters surround Lindsey Lemke, a former gymnast at Michigan State University and a survivor of Larry Nassar, as she talks after former Michigan state gymnast Kathie Klages was indicted Thursday in District Court 54- A in Lansing, Michigan

A group of reporters surround Lindsey Lemke, a former gymnast at Michigan State University and a survivor of Larry Nassar, as she talks after former Michigan state gymnast Kathie Klages was indicted Thursday in District Court 54- A in Lansing, Michigan

While the athletes talked about being sexually abused by Nassar, a former team doctor for both the USA Gymnastics women's program and Michigan State University athletics, Perry did not seem able to effectively articulate empathy towards survivors. or offer a clear path for one of the crown jewels of the US Olympic movement. UU

His mandate would follow a familiar pattern: a high profile gymnast would present his abuse at the hands of Nassar, who is now serving an effective life sentence after being convicted of federal child pornography and allegations of sexual abuse in the state, and USA Gymnastics I would launch an empty statement, usually without the name of Perry.

The American gymnastics coach who supported Nassar and whose appointment was described as a "slap in the face" by the victims, was also called to resign recently.

Mary Lee Tracy reversed her promise to resign because of the controversy caused by the victims' protests. Tracy, named elite development coordinator for USA Gymnastics, said in a statement on her Facebook page last month that she was resigning due to the requirement to leave the organization's executive director, Kerry Perry.

"In an attempt to move forward on our path to greater & transparency; and openness, I need to explain why I have to resign," Tracy wrote.

"Kerry (Perry) gave me two options, resign or be removed … & # 39;

But about an hour after his statement, Tracy said he had withdrawn his resignation.

"I notified the US Gymnasium that I did not quit, I was pressured to make a decision and I'm looking for advice! I appreciate all the support from the community!" Tracy wrote.

STATE OF MICHIGAN: NCAA DOES NOT FIND VIOLATIONS IN NASSAR PROBE

By The Associated Press

The NCAA has cleared Michigan State University of any violation of the rules in the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal, the school announced Thursday.

Sports director Bill Beekman said the university "cooperated fully with the investigation" and welcomes the conclusion of the NCAA. The school said it received a letter this week from NCAA application vice president Jonathan Duncan.

Nassar, 55, pleaded guilty to assaulting girls and women while working as a sports doctor on campus for athletes and gymnasts from the state of Michigan in the region. The victims included US Olympians. UU That they trained at the USA Gymnastics based in Indianapolis. He has been sentenced to decades of prison in three separate cases of assault and child pornography.

Larry Nassar currently serves 175 for sexually abusing more than 100 gymnasts under his charge

Larry Nassar currently serves 175 for sexually abusing more than 100 gymnasts under his charge

Larry Nassar currently serves 175 for sexually abusing more than 100 gymnasts under his charge

Duncan's letter said: "There does not seem to be a need for further investigation," according to the state of Michigan.

"While we agree with the NCAA that we did not commit a breach, that does not diminish our commitment to guarantee the health, safety and well-being of our student athletes." That promise permeates everything we do as part of a larger commitment. of the university to make MSU a safer campus, "Beekman said in a statement.

The state of Michigan has denied anyone hiding Nassar's crimes. But former athletes say that several campus employees downplayed or dismissed their complaints about him.

The university in May reached a $ 500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they had been assaulted by Nassar.

Former gymnast Kathie Klages, a former ally of Nassar, appeared in court on Thursday accused of lying to investigators. Klages is accused of denying that the gymnasts have ever complained about Nassar's attacks. Authorities say two teenagers complained to her in 1997.

Defense attorney Mary Chartier said Klages will fight the charges.

Separately, the university said the NCAA did not find violations in the way football and basketball teams responded to accusations of aggression against players.

Former gymnast Kathie Klages (purple), a former ally of Nassar, appeared in court on Thursday on charges of lying to investigators. Klages is accused of denying that the gymnasts have ever complained about Nassar's attacks. Authorities say that two teenagers complained to her in 1997

Former gymnast Kathie Klages (purple), a former ally of Nassar, appeared in court on Thursday on charges of lying to investigators. Klages is accused of denying that the gymnasts have ever complained about Nassar's attacks. Authorities say that two teenagers complained to her in 1997

Former gymnast Kathie Klages (purple), a former ally of Nassar, appeared in court on Thursday on charges of lying to investigators. Klages is accused of denying that the gymnasts have ever complained about Nassar's attacks. Authorities say that two teenagers complained to her in 1997

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