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Olympic gymnasts blast FBI for mishandling Larry Nassar case

Former Olympians Simone Biles and Aly Raisman have been among the many gymnasts to inform the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning that the FBI ought to be held accountable for mishandling the investigation into former Team USA physician Larry Nassar, ESPN reported.

“It truly feels like the FBI turned a blind eye to us,” Biles mentioned Wednesday of the way in which present and former FBI brokers failed to answer a number of allegations Nassar had sexually assaulted quite a few gymnasts in his care. 

Nassar pleaded responsible to a number of fees in 2018 following sexual assault allegations from greater than 150 girls.

A latest report revealed by the Department of Justice’s inspector basic “found that agents mishandled evidence and later made false statements to investigators about the mistakes they made,” ESPN mentioned.

Biles and Raisman testified on Wednesday together with fellow former Olympian McKayla Maroney and former NCAA and world champion Maggie Nichols. All 4 gymnasts reported sexual abuse and misconduct by Nassar again in 2015, however they mentioned the bureau took over a 12 months to conduct a correct investigation.

“By not taking action from my report, (the FBI) allowed a child molester to go free for more than a year,” Maroney mentioned on Wednesday. “They had legal evidence of child abuse and did nothing.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray additionally testified Wednesday. Although Wray was not the pinnacle of the bureau when the investigation was being carried out, he acknowledged the errors that have been made.

“I’m deeply and profoundly sorry,” Wray mentioned. “I’m especially sorry that there were people at the FBI who had their own chance to stop this monster in 2015 and failed. It never should have happened. And we’re doing everything in our power to make sure it never happens again.”

Biles additionally mentioned Wednesday that USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee have to be held extra accountable than they’ve been by the investigation. 

“This is the largest case of sexual abuse in the history of American sport and although there has been an independent investigation of the FBI’s handling of the case, neither USAG nor the USOPC have ever been made the subject of the same level of scrutiny,” Biles mentioned.

#Note-Author Name – Chelena Goldman, Yardbarker

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