WASHINGTON – Former US gymnastics doctor Lawrence G. More than 90 women who claimed sexual assault by Nassar filed suit against the FBI on Wednesday for failing to investigate him when he was credible. information about his crimes.
The trial comes two weeks after the Justice Department decided not to prosecute two former FBI agents accused of tampering with the bureau’s 2015 investigation into Mr Nassar, more than a year before Michigan officials arrested them. Till now more than 70 girls and women were allowed to be attacked.
The agents were accused by their Justice Department watchdog of making false statements about the case. In the fall, FBI Director Christopher A. Ray testified to Congress that “there were people in the FBI who had and failed to stop this monster in 2015.”
The Justice Department said it would not prosecute the agents involved in what Mr Ray called “gross misconduct” because there was not enough evidence to bring a federal criminal case.
Plaintiffs include Olympic gymnastics gold medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and MacKayla Maroney and national gymnastics medalists Maggie Nichols, as well as former University of Michigan gymnast Samantha Roy and former Michigan State University gymnast Kylie Lorinz, now as a work. Advocates for sexual assault victims.
“My fellow survivors and I have been betrayed by every institution that was supposed to protect us – the US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, the FBI and now the Department of Justice,” Ms Maroney said in a statement. “It is clear that the only path to justice and remedy is through legal process,” she said.
His attorney, John C. Manley, said in a statement that the plaintiffs are seeking varying amounts in damages, but their total claim would exceed $1 billion.
Mr Nassar, who was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison, was accused of molesting hundreds of girls and women, including several members of the 2012 and 2016 US Olympic gymnastics teams.
The FBI field office in Indianapolis found evidence of his crimes in 2015. Agents proceeded to interview gymnasts, including Ms. Maroney, who provided detailed testimony. Ultimately, he took no action to expedite the investigation or stop Mr. Nassar, who continued to treat dozens of patients in Michigan State; Twisters Gymnastics Club in Dimondell, Mich.; and Holt High School in Michigan.
According to the Justice Department’s Inspector General, the FBI also failed to inform state or local law enforcement about child abuse allegations against Nassar last summer, nearly five years after Nassar about the FBI’s mismanagement of the case. A report was issued in Federal was arrested on child pornography charges. Her arrest stemmed from an investigation brought by the Michigan State University Police Department after a 16-year-old came to the fore about his abuse.
The Inspector General accused W.J. Abbott, who was in charge of the bureau’s Indianapolis Field Office, and Michael Langman, an agent in that office, of making false statements to investigators who were investigating whether he and others in the FBI How did it work? Nassar case.
Ms. Langman was fired two weeks before Ms. Biles, Ms. Maroney, Ms. Raisman and Ms. Nichols gave heart-wrenching testimony to Congress about the FBI’s treatment in the Nassar case. Among Mr Langman’s missteps was waiting 17 months to document his interview with Ms Maroney, the first victim of Mr Nassar to be interviewed by the FBI.
In September 2015, two months after Burroughs learned of Mr. Nassar’s actions from USA Gymnastics, Mr. Langman interviewed him during a three-hour phone call.
Ms Maroney was 19 and had not even told her mother that Mr Nassar had sexually assaulted her for many years, starting at the age of 13, and was involved in the London Games for hours twice a day, where Ms. Maroni had won. gold medal. In her testimony to Congress, Ms. Maroney recalled that Mr. Langman concluded the interview by saying, “Is that all?”
According to Ms Maroney, Mr Langman’s delayed report, filed in 2017, contained several false statements, including that Mr Nassar had driven her inside and that it helped ease her back pain.
The report also stated that Nichols and Raisman declined to be interviewed by the FBI, which they said was not true.
“He chose to lie to my point of view and protect a serial child molester rather than protect not only me but countless others,” Ms. Maroney told Congress in September.
In a report released last summer, the inspector general said Mr. Abbott, who retired from the FBI during the investigation, made false statements “to downplay errors made by the Indianapolis field office in relation to the handling of Nassar’s allegations.” “
He also said that Mr. Abbott was talking to USA Gymnastics about potential job opportunities, while he was asking the organization about allegations against Mr. Nassar, actions that violated FBI policy.
The Inspector General’s report stated that the FBI mishandled the interviews of witnesses and did not share credible information regarding the abuse with the authorities concerned.
It was also found that Mr. Nassar sexually abused 70 or more athletes between July 2015, when USA Gymnastics first reported the allegations against him to the FBI’s Indianapolis Field office, and August 2016, when Michigan State University police The department received a separate complaint.
Women suing the FBI say they were abused during this time.
“If the FBI had simply done their job,” Roy said in a statement, “Nassar would have been stopped before he had a chance to abuse hundreds of girls, including me.”