House panel to investigate sexual abuse in gymnastics
The House Oversight Committee said Thursday it will launch an investigation into former gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced recently after being accused of decades of sexual abuse, and how organizations including USA Gymnastics failed to stop the wrongdoing.
“The Committee is investigating how Nassar’s crimes were able to occur, let alone persist, for over two decades,” the committee said in a letter to USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry. “USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport in the United States is at the center of many of these failures.”
The committee, in a letter from Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), and Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK), asked for all documents relating to complaints against Nassar since 2008, explanations of how gymnastics clubs are certified and information on how USA Gymnastics addresses sexual assault.
Hundreds of women have accused Nassar of assault in the guise of medical treatment. He was most recently sentenced to 40 to 125 years in Eaton County, Michigan, where he pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct. He also faced sentencing in other courts.
Lawmakers also passed a bill to toughen the requirements for reporting abuse in amateur athletics. The bill has yet to be signed into law by President Donald Trump.