John Geddert, coach of the US gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympics, committed suicide on Thursday, February 25, shortly after being charged with sexual assault and human trafficking, the Michigan prosecutor announced.
The 63-year-old former coach was accused of verbally, physically and sexually assaulting around 20 victims between 2008 and 2018 at his club. A club where Larry Nassar, the former doctor of the American gymnastics team already convicted of multiple sexual abuse, also worked.
At least 265 victims
Geddert was also accused of lying to the police, in particular by denying having knowledge of the sexual assaults committed by Larry Nassar on the gymnasts of his club, Twistars, near Lansing. Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted at least 265 identified victims over two decades, including several top gymnasts, such as four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles, has been convicted in three separate trials and the cumulative sentences represent at least 140 years in prison . Several victims of Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted athletes – often minors – under the guise of medical treatment, had accused John Geddert of having forced them to consult the doctor.