The House Oversight Committee said Thursday it will eventually launch research into former gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar, merely sentenced recently after being charged with decades of sexual abuse, and just how organizations including USA Gymnastics failed to stop the wrongdoing.
“The Committee is investigating how Nassar’s crimes were able to occur, much less persist, for upwards of 2 full decades,” the committee said from a letter to USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry. “USA Gymnastics, the nation’s governing body to your sport in america is at the centre of a great number of failures.”
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The committee, in a very 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 about how USA Gymnastics addresses sexual assault.
Hundreds of women have accused Nassar of assault from the guise of medical therapy. He was of late sentenced to 40 to 125 years in Eaton County, Michigan, where he pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct. Vehicles faced sentencing in other courts.
Lawmakers also passed a bill to toughen the necessities for reporting abuse in amateur athletics. The bill has not signed into law by President Donald Trump.