John Geddert, coach of the US gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympics, has been charged with sexual assault and human trafficking in the gymnastics club he founded in Michigan, the state justice announced on Thursday. from the northern United States.
The 63-year-old ex-coach is accused of physical, verbal and sexual abuse of around 20 victims between 2008 and 2018 in his club where Larry Nassar, the ex-doctor of the American gymnastics team convicted for multiple sexual abuse, worked as a doctor, Michigan prosecutor Dana Nessel added.
He is also accused of having lied to the police, in particular by denying having knowledge of the sexual assaults committed by Larry Nassar on the gymnasts of his club, Twistars, near Lansing. John Geddert was scheduled to appear in local court Thursday afternoon.
Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted at least 265 identified victims over two decades, including several top gymnasts like four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles, has been convicted in three separate trials. The cumulative sentences represent at least 140 years in prison.
Several victims of Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted athletes – often minors – under the guise of medical treatment, had accused John Geddert of having forced them to consult the doctor. He was targeted since 2018 by a criminal investigation opened in the wake of the conviction of Larry Nassar. He had announced his retirement soon after.