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United States: suicide of ex-gymnastics trainer accused of sexual assault

John Geddert, coach of the US gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympics, was indicted for sexual assault, and committed suicide a few hours later Thursday, February 25.

Michigan justice announced this Thursday, February 25, the indictment of John Geddert, former gymnastics coach. The coach of the United States team at the London Olympics in 2012 was charged with sexual assault and human trafficking at the gymnastics club he founded. Hours later, prosecutor Dana Nessel announced that the coach had ended his life. 

“My services were warned that the body of John Geddert was found this afternoon after he killed himself, ” she said on Twitter, regretting “the tragic end of a tragic story “. The 63-year-old was accused of physical, verbal and sexual abuse of around 20 victims between 2008 and 2018 at his Michigan club.

It is in this structure that also worked Larry Nassar, ex-doctor of the American gymnastics team, convicted of multiple sexual abuse , had added the prosecutor of Michigan earlier in the day.

John Geddert has also been accused of lying 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.

Michigan justice announced this Thursday, February 25, the indictment of John Geddert, former gymnastics coach. The coach of the United States team at the London Olympics in 2012 was charged with sexual assault and human trafficking at the gymnastics club he founded. Hours later, prosecutor Dana Nessel announced that the coach had ended his life. 

“My services were warned that the body of John Geddert was found this afternoon after he killed himself, ” she said on Twitter, regretting “the tragic end of a tragic story “. The 63-year-old was accused of physical, verbal and sexual abuse of around 20 victims between 2008 and 2018 at his Michigan club.

It is in this structure that also worked Larry Nassar, ex-doctor of the American gymnastics team, convicted of multiple sexual abuse , had added the prosecutor of Michigan earlier in the day.

John Geddert has also been accused of lying 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.

Jimmy Curd

Jimmy Curd is a features editor at iPress USA, where He oversees The Broadsheet newsletter and edits the publication’s long-form storytelling, as well as its coverage of gender and business.

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