Ex-USA Gymnastics Coach With Links To Nassar Is Criminally Charged

Henrietta Strickland
February 26, 2021

Geddert rose to national prominence in the early 2000s and was named the USA national team coach for the 2012 London Olympics.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) held a press conference Thursday announcing the charges against Geddert, which "break down into 14 counts of human trafficking, six counts of human tracking of a minor and single counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and lying to a peace officer during a violent crime investigation", Law & Crime reported.

The Attorney General's office said that under the guise of coaching, Geddert reportedly subjected multiple young women to an environment of continued abuse, in which he also neglected advice of medical doctors - except that provided by Nassar, who served for around 20 years as Geddert's team physician.

Nessel on Thursday charged Geddert, who was an Olympics gymnastics coach, Twistars gym owner in Lansing and an associate of former Michigan State University sports medicine Dr. Larry Nassar, with 24 felonies, including criminal sexual assault and human trafficking of underage girls he coached.

A former USA Gymnastics coach charged Thursday morning with two dozen criminal charges, died by suicide hours later, the MI state attorney general confirmed. The charges resulted from an ongoing investigation being conducted by Nessel's office.

During the sentencing for Nassar, some of the young athletes said that Geddert was abusive, and one alleged that Geddert was aware of Nassar's "inappropriate procedure" in the late 1990s when she was 16.

The indictment alleges that Geddert's harsh treatment of his athletes constituted human trafficking and forced labor. "Many of these victims still carry these scars from his behavior to this day", Nessel said.

Prosecutors acknowledged that the human-trafficking charges were uncommon use of MI law, Fox News reported.

"We think of it predominantly as affecting people of color or those without means to protect themselves. but honestly it can happen to anyone, anywhere", she said.

The last count involves Geddert's alleged misdirection of Michigan State University (MSU) police on September 27, 2016, in which he told officers that "Nassar had a limited role at Twistars as the team physician" and claimed that he had "never heard anyone complain about Nassar's treatments", according to court papers. The AP adds that he informed families that he was retiring in 2018.

On his LinkedIn page, Geddert described himself as the "most decorated women's gymnastics coach in MI gymnastics history". Over 150 of Nassar's victims spoke at his sentencing, which lasted seven days. After Nassar pleaded guilty in 2018 to sexually abusing 10 minors, a criminal investigation into Geddert was launched and the coach transferred ownership of the gym to his wife.

"His suicide is an admission of guilt that the entire world can now see", said Klein, a lawyer.

Several gymnasts publicly accused Nassar of sexually abusing them at Geddert's Twistars gym in Dimondale, Michigan.

"So much pain and grief for everyone", she said on Twitter after his death.

"We do believe that the human trafficking charges are applicable to the set of circumstances you'll be hearing about when all of the evidence is produced in court". Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

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