Authorities confirm investigation of gymnastics coach and Nassar associate John Geddert
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 10, 2018,
Feb 10, 2018, 7:02
Nassar was sentenced earlier this month to 40 to 175 years in prison in a separate MI case. More than 260 women have told law enforcement they were abused by Nassar.
Cunningham says Nassar's conduct "spans the country and the world".
Separately Tuesday, Michigan State released a letter that interim president John Engler sent Monday to an independent special prosecutor appointed by state Attorney General Bill Schuette to investigate allegations that the school ignored and mishandled old complaints against Nassar.
It says the committee would "determine the extent to which these organizations were complicit in the criminal or negligent behavior of their employees relating to sexual abuse" and identify actions that could be taken to prevent new occurrences.
It follows cases against Nassar, who this week was jailed for another 40 to 125 years for molesting girls and women in his care. She shared that her initial reaction when Nassar was brought to court was not horror but appreciation that "it's finally happening", and a perpetrator was being punished.
Both the USOC and USA Gymnastics have faced criticism due to Nassar going undetected for so long. She had been convinced his treatment was legitimate until the wave of allegations made her realize she had been right. Such lists and reporting policies were clearly not effective in Nassar's case.
The past weeks saw a great number of strong women who came out on public, and some to court, to detail their experience of sexual abuse from the man they thought were treating them to be better gymnasts.
"Most of you have noticed that I have been taking a back seat this year", Geddert wrote.
The life-changing impact on a single victim would have been bad enough. Why have I and others here probably not heard anything from the leadership from the USOC?
MSU's faculty senate is expected to hold a no-confidence vote next week.
The Midland Republican is running for governor and first touted Engler's endorsement for the GOP primary on September 25, citing comments Engler made to a reporter with the Gongwer subscription news service.