The suicide of the ex-USA Gymnastics coach who confronted abuse costs was an ‘escape from justice,’ former gymnast says

The suicide of the ex-USA Gymnastics coach who faced abuse charges was an 'escape from justice,' former gymnast says

“He tortured and abused little girls, myself included, for more than 30 years and was able to cheat justice,” mentioned Klein, who had recognized herself as the primary to be abused by former USA Gymnastics workforce physician Larry Nassar.

Geddert, who took his personal life Thursday after information of the costs, was the previous proprietor of Michigan’s famed Twistars Gymnastics Club. It was one of many locations Nassar had admitted to sexually abusing younger feminine athletes. Twistars has since been bought and renamed.

Klein additionally blamed officers on the high gymnastics organizations for “enabling” Geddert.

“Geddert was a narcissistic abuser. His suicide is an admission of guilt that the entire world can now see. Also guilty are his enablers including the top officials at USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee who promoted him, enabled him and allowed him to coach Team USA,” Klein mentioned.

Other gymnasts have been equally troubled.

Rachael Denhollander, the previous gymnast who first made Nassar’s abuse public in a September 2016 story within the Indy Star tweeted, “Geddert’s choice today was his, and his alone. What each survivor did was put an end to the abuse and save others.”

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman mentioned she was “sick to my stomach.”

She added in a tweet: “Thinking of the survivors out there. Wish there was more I could say to ease the pain & suffering.”

Klein was considered one of over 150 victims who spoke about how they went to Nassar to obtain remedy for sports activities accidents solely to be sexually assaulted and informed it was a type of remedy.

“The bravery of Geddert’s many victims will stand for all time in stark contrast to his cowardice. As a survivor and a mother of two young girls, my only comfort is in the knowledge that I can rest my head on the pillow every night knowing that John Geddert will never terrorize and abuse another child,” Klein mentioned.

She additionally referred to as Gebbert “an intimidating coach” who made it troublesome to talk up.

“My abuse by Larry Nassar began at the age of 8 while I was training at John Geddert’s elite gymnastics gym. The abuse continued throughout my time training at Geddert’s gym, more than 10 years. Geddert was an intimidating coach and maintained a culture of fear that made it impossible for young girls to approach him and report Nassar’s abuse,” she mentioned.

Nassar was sentenced to as much as 175 years in jail in 2018, after greater than 150 girls and ladies mentioned in court docket that he sexually abused them over a long time.

USA Gymnastics, for its half, mentioned that it had hoped the felony costs would result in justice via the authorized course of.

“With the news of his death by suicide, we share the feelings of shock, and our thoughts are with the gymnastics community as they grapple with the complex emotions of today’s events,” the assertion mentioned.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel referred to as Geddert’s dying “a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved.”

Geddert was going through 14 counts of human trafficking-forced labor leading to harm, six counts of human trafficking of a minor for compelled labor, and one rely every of constant felony enterprise, first-degree felony sexual conduct, second-degree felony sexual conduct and mendacity to a peace officer throughout a violent crime investigation.

Evan Simko-Bednarski, Amir Vera and Homero De la Fuente contributed to this report.

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