Ex-US Olympics coach found dead after sexual assault charges

Ex-US Olympics coach found dead after sex assault charges
John Geddert coached the US women's gymnastics team for the 2012 Olympics. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Officials have confirmed that a former US Olympics gymnastics coach has killed himself hours after he was charged with human trafficking and sexual assault.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office confirmed the death of John Geddert on Thursday afternoon.

In the morning, the Attorney General had outlined 24 felony charges facing Geddert.

Geddert was head of the US women’s gymnastics team in 2012 Olympics and worked closely with team doctor Larry Nassar who abused hundreds of athletes.

In 2018, Nassar was sentenced to up to 300 years in jail for abusing more than 250 girls.

The 63-year-old Geddert had owned the training facility in Michigan where Nassar had served as the gym’s doctor. A number of gymnasts accused him of abusive behaviour when they testified during Nassar’s trial.

The attorney general’s office said he was expected to turn himself in on Thursday afternoon but did not appear,

Ms Nessel later said in a statement: “My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life.”

“This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved.”

Earlier, Ms Nessel had announced 24 separate charges against the former Ex-US Olympics coach that “focus around multiple acts of verbal, physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by the defendant against multiple young women”.

Two of the charges involved the alleged sexual assault of a girl between the age of 13 and 16.

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