22 de abril de 2021
English - News

Former US Olympic gymnastics coach commits suicide after being indicted

 File photo taken Oct. 13, 2011, showing US women's Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert in Tokyo. Geddert committed suicide on Feb. 25, 2021, after being charged with 24 crimes, including sexual assault on athletes he was supervising. EFE-EPA/ Kimimasa Mayama/File

File photo taken Oct. 13, 2011, showing US women's Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert in Tokyo. Geddert committed suicide on Feb. 25, 2021, after being charged with 24 crimes, including sexual assault on athletes he was supervising. EFE-EPA/ Kimimasa Mayama/File

Washington, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- The former coach of the US women's Olympic gymnastics team, John Geddert, committed suicide on Thursday after being charged with 24 crimes, including sexual assault and human trafficking, all of them linked to athletes he supervised, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel reported.

Nessel said in a statement that her office had been informed that Geddert's body was found Thursday afternoon after he took his life, adding that "This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved."

Geddert was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday after he had been formally accused by prosecutors of at least one sexual assault and multiple incidents of physical abuse against dozens of his female athletes.

Specifically, Geddert was facing 20 counts for alleged human trafficking, including six counts related to minors; one for racketeering and two charges of criminal sexual assault on a teenager.

The remaining charge was for lying to investigators about the sexual abuse case involving Larry Nassar, the women's Olympic team physician.

In an earlier communique, the attorney general had said that the allegations focused on multiple acts of verbal, physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by Geddert against many young female athletes.

Geddert, the former owner of a gymnasium in Lansing, Michigan, had been accused of human trafficking for allegedly subjecting athletes to "forced work" under extreme conditions that contributed to their suffering injuries, Nessel's office said in the statement.

When the gymnasts complained, the coach ignored them and used intimidation, threats and physical force to ensure that they continued to act in accord with his expectations.

In addition, the AG argued, he used his reputation as an Olympic coach to promise the parents of his athletes that he would transform their daughters into top-caliber competitors which would enable them to obtain athletic scholarships at universities, but then he subjected the girls to ongoing abuse, denying them medical attention, except that provided by Nassar.

The investigation into Geddert's activities was launched in February 2018 as a result of the Nassar case. In that prior case, the former doctor for the female gymnastics team sexually abused hundreds of young women and female teens, was convicted of the crimes and sentenced to more than 300 years in prison.

Geddert coached the US gymnastics team that won the goal medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


Histórico de noticias
New police incident clouds verdict in Floyd murder case

By Alex Segura Lozano

US opens investigation into Minneapolis police after Chauvin verdict

Minneapolis, Minnesota, Apr 21 (EFE).- The US Department of Justice on Wednesday announced that it has opened a civil investigation into the legality of...

Colombia violence continues with murder of indigenous leader

By Ernesto Guzman Jr. and Irene Escudero

Apple completely redesigns iMac, puts its own M1 chip into iPad Pro

(Correction: Replaces "laptops" with "desktops" in 2nd graf)

Bolsonaro trying to dispel environmental villain image at US climate summit

By Alba Santandreu

Free joints for people vaccinated against Covid-19 in New York

By Jorge Fuentelsaz

Apple completely redesigns iMac, puts its own M1 chip into iPad Pro

San Francisco, Apr 20 (EFE).- Apple on Tuesday held its first big hardware event of 2021, the highlights of which included the complete redesign of the...

Biden hopes jury delivers "correct" verdict in Floyd murder case

Washington, Apr 20 (EFE).- President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he hopes that the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin...

Mexican UFO-logist journalist investigates crop circles in documentary

Mexico City, Apr 20 (EFE).- Mexican journalist and UFO-logist Jaime Maussan will host a television documentary titled "Circulos de cultivo" (Crop circles),...

Protesters gather at detention center, ask Biden to keep his promises

Miami, Apr 19 (EFE).- About 30 demonstrators gathered on Monday outside a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in South Florida to call...

Uruguay's "Painted Birds" area vying for responsible tourism award

By Santiago Carbone

Fossils of new dinosaur species found in Chile

Santiago, Apr 19 (EFE).- The Chilean Culture Ministry on Monday announced the discovery of a new species of dinosaur measuring an estimated 6.3 meters (20.7...

US warns Russia of consequences if jailed Navalny dies

Washington, Apr 18 (EFE).- White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Sunday warned Russia that there will be unspecified "consequences" for the...

Sao Paulo eases restrictions despite pandemic surge in Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil, Apr 18 (EFE).- Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populous state and the one hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, on Sunday reopened its churches...

Brazil surpasses 355,000 Covid deaths with current death rate 3,000 per day

Sao Paulo, Brazil, Apr 13 (EFE).- Brazil registered 3,808 Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the official nationwide coronavirus death toll...

Police officer who shot Wright resigns, family rejects "accident" claim

By Alex Segura Lozano

Biden, NATO issue warnings over Russia's military buildup near Ukraine

Brussels, Apr 13 (EFE).- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday demanded that Moscow "immediately" halt its military buildup on its border with...

Huge statue of Christ being raised in southern Brazil

Encantado, Brazil, Apr 13 (EFE).- On a hill in southern Brazil workers have been assembling the metal skeleton of a huge statue for a little over a year....

Peruvians between rock and hard place before "least bad" runoff election

By Carla Samon Ros

Biden calls for calm after death of young black man in police shooting

Washington, Apr 12 (EFE).- President Joe Biden on Monday lamented the "tragic" death of African American Daunte Wright, who was shot to death on the weekend...

Yaku, the invisible candidate making his mark on Ecuador's politics

By Daniela Brik

Evo Morales' party defeated in local Bolivia elections

La Paz, Apr 12 (EFE).- The governing Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), headed by former President Evo Morales, was defeated in the gubernatorial races in...

Matsuyama becomes 1st Japanese to win Augusta Masters

Augusta, Georgia, Apr 11 (efe-epa).- Hideki Matsuyama, ranked No. 25 in the world, on Sunday fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming the first Japanese to...

Trump rails against election "fraud," McConnell

Miami, Apr 11 (efe-epa).- Former President Donald Trump once again attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at a private fundraising event on the...