“They did not respond to the allegations of sexual abuse by the athletes with the urgency they required,” says the Department of Justice.
The FBI made serious mistakes and delays in investigating allegations of sexual abuse against the doctor of the American gymnastics team. Larry Nassar, who was later sentenced to more than a hundred years in prison, according to the Justice Department on Wednesday.
The office of the inspector general of this agency published a summary of its investigation into the handling of the case by the FBI, which it pointed out for not taking urgent action in the face of the threat that Nassar posed to the young athletes. Senior FBI officials in the Indianpolis office “did not respond to allegations of sexual abuse of athletes” by Nassar “with the urgency the allegations required,” the inspector general’s office said.
Between July 2015, when the FBI received the first accusationsUntil the doctor’s home was searched and child pornography material was found, “Nassar continued to treat gymnasts at Michigan State University, a Michigan high school and a Michigan gymnastics club,” the office remarked.
In 2018, Nassar was sentenced to more than a hundred years in prison for sexually abusing more than 100 young athletes over two decades. Among his victims were high-level gymnasts such as Simone biles, four times Olympic champion and one of the main figures of the American delegation for Tokyo 2020.