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US Gymnastics, Geddert sued for failing to protect athletes from alleged sexual abuse

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John Geddert, head coach of the record-shattering 2012 Olympic champion U.S. women’s gymnastics team, failed to report parent concerns about possible sexual abuse by Team USA physician Dr. Larry Nassar, a federal lawsuit alleges.

Geddert, USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, and Michigan State University are named in the suit, in which 18 women allege Nassar committed sexual assault, battery, molestation and harassment over a 20-year period.

The suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, Southern Division is the 21st civil lawsuit filed against Nassar, the former Michigan State team doctor, since September.

The most recent suit charges that between 1996 and 2016, Nassar sexually assaulted girls and young women athletes, some as young as 9, in at least seven sports at USA Gymnastics events, at Michigan State and at Twistars, two Michigan gyms owned and operated by Geddert. As with earlier suits, the women allege they were penetrated vaginally and anally by Nassar’s ungloved fingers. One alleged victim said she underwent treatment from Nassar at least 50 times.

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