The Winner Of The Us Olympic Women’S Gymnastics Team Committed Suicide After Being Accused Of Human Trafficking And Sexual Assault
2021-02-25 | by CusiGO
John geddert, an immunity recipient for the US women’s Olympic artistic gymnastics team, committed suicide on Thursday just hours after being charged with 24 crimes. Twenty were related to human trafficking and forced labor, two to sexual crimes, one to criminal organizations and the other to lying to the police. In nearly 20 years, he abused more than 140 girls as an Olympic team doctor. The Michigan State attorney’s office confirmed the death of 63 year old gerdet. “This is the tragic ending of a tragic story for all those involved,” said Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel
At a press conference before geddert’s death, prosecutor Nessel said all the charges involved minors, and although she could not provide an exact number of victims, she claimed that the number was less than 50. The charges include two sexual assaults committed against a girl in 2012, one at level one and the other at level two. Geddert is due to stand trial this afternoon in Eton County Court near Lansing, Michigan.
The charges come after three years of investigation into the Nasar case, the biggest sex scandal in American sports history. In 1996, gerdett founded the famous twist ARS gymnastics club in Michigan, where Larry Nasar admitted to sexually abusing young athletes. Danielle hagaman Clark, acting head of the Michigan attorney general’s office, said: “gedet knew that Nasar was sexually abusing his patient and he didn’t take any action.”.
After investigating Nasar, gerdett was suspended by the Olympic gymnastics federation in 2018 and decided to retire. The organization did not provide details of the punishment to the coach, only knowing that he had resorted to a decree allowing him to take such measures “to ensure the safety and well-being of the sports community”. Gerdett transferred ownership of the gym to his wife, who later sold it.
On 20 counts of human trafficking charges, Nessel said that the now deceased exemptor, who led the Olympic team to win the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, “used force, fraud and coercion against young athletes” for economic benefit. Michigan prosecutors say the alleged victims’ sequelae include eating disorders, attempted suicide and self mutilation. “Just like the perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual abuse, human traffickers can take advantage of the vulnerability of victims at any time,” Nessel added.