Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and three other award-winning athletes will testify before a Senate panel this week investigating the FBI’s “mismanagement” of multiple sexual abuse complaints against former US gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar .
Nassar was sentenced in 2018 to up to 175 years in prison for child sexual abuse as more than 150 young women appeared in court to confront him. He was already serving 60 years for child pornography. A judge who convicted Nassar told him, “You never deserve to get out of jail again. ”
After receiving complaints about Nassar in 2015, the FBI took no meaningful action for a year, allowing him to continue to abuse dozens of girls and young women during physical examinations as part of his work with the Olympic team and as a sports physician at Michigan State University. .
The Office of the Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice determined in a report released last month that the office made “fundamental errors” in the investigation, including failing to notify local and state authorities of the complaints. and by not having acted “with the urgency which the required allegations.
Biles will be joined by her Olympic teammates McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, as well as former collegiate gymnast Maggie Nichols, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s “dereliction of duty” hearing on Wednesday morning.
All of the women were sexually assaulted by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.
Biles and Raisman were among the gymnasts who first reported Nassar to the FBI. Maroney, who said Nassar sexually abused her “hundreds” of times, said she reported it to her coach 10 years ago but the coach did nothing.
After the Inspector General’s report was released, a bipartisan group of senators announced the establishment of an FBI conduct watchdog hearing.
“The FBI’s mismanagement of reports of Nasser’s abuse has led more athletes to suffer unimaginable pain. There must be some responsibility for this frightening failure to properly investigate – and misrepresentation potentially intended to cover up that failure, ”Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Said at the time.
An FBI spokesperson told HuffPost after the Inspector General’s report was released that the actions of his employees in the Nassar case are “inexcusable and a discredit to this organization.”
Biles said earlier this year that given what happened to her, she wouldn’t let a future girl compete for USA Gymnastics “because I don’t feel comfortable enough, because they didn’t. took responsibility for their actions and what they did. And they didn’t assure us that this would never happen again. ”
She has repeatedly called for a full investigation into why no one arrested Nassar for so long.
The The Senate hearing will be broadcast live here.
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