John Geddert dead: Ex-Olympic gymnastics coach kills himself after sex assault charges


A former US Olympic gymnastics coach has committed suicide after being charged with a range of crimes including human trafficking and sexual assault.

John Geddert, who had ties to the notorious Larry Nassar, had been charged earlier today with 14 counts of human trafficking, six counts of human trafficking of a minor, one count of first-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual assault, racketeering, and lying to a peace officer.

The 63-year-old took his own life on Thursday afternoon, according to Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wounds, WLNS reports.

No other details have been released yet.

Geddert, 63, coached the US women’s gymnastics team to Olympic victory in 2012

Geddert was the head coach of the gold medal-winning 2012 US women’s Olympic gymnastics team.

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He was also the former owner of Michigan’s Twistars Gymnastics Club, where infamous predator Nassar had admitted to sexually abusing young female athletes.

The 56-year-old was the USA Gymnastics team doctor and physician at Michigan State University.

From 1996-2014, he was the national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics, where he would abuse young girls through the guise of medical examinations at training camps.

He also reportedly sexually abused gymnasts at Michigan State University where he was the team physician.

In 1997 a concerned parent had told Geddert, the coach at the time, they suspected Nassar of abuse but Geddert did not report this to the police.

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In 2018 Nassar was jailed for up to 175 years for his decades of offending.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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