USA Gymnastics Team Coach John Geddert Charged With Sexual Abuse Commits Suicide

The world of sports in America is now in turmoil after the former coach of the legendary 2012 Team USA gymnastics was found dead.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed that John Geddert committed suicide after multiple counts of human trafficking and sexual assault were filed against him for allegedly abusing his young gymnasts.

Geddert is said to be facing 20 counts of human trafficking, two counts of sexual assault, one count of racketeering and one count of lying to police.

In early 2020, Michigan State Police raided his home.

He was formerly the owner of the well-known Twistars Gymnastics Club in Michigan.

The 63-year-old Geddert then led the women’s gymnastics team called the Fierce Five squad that won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

The team is made up of superstar athletes Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber.

Their team doctor Larry Nassar was also convicted of sexually abusing young athletes.

“It is alleged that John Geddert used force, fraud, and coercion against the young athletes that came to him for gymnastics training, for financial benefit to him,” Attorney General Nessel said in a statement.

“The victims suffer from disordered eating including bulimia and anorexia, suicide attempts and self-harm, excessive physical conditioning, repeatedly being forced to perform even when injured, extreme emotional abuse and physical abuse including sexual assault,” Nessel added.

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