USA Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert has killed himself after being charged with human trafficking and sexual assault. Michigan state officials confirmed to WLNS that the coach died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Geddert, 63, was the head coach of the 2012 US women’s Olympic gymnastics team, which won a gold medal. John Geddert was charged with two dozen crimes earlier on Thursday, including human trafficking, a step that prosecutors acknowledged was an uncommon use of Michigan law. He was also accused of lying to investigators in 2016 when he denied ever hearing complaints about disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar , who is serving decades in prison for sexually assaulting female athletes in a scandal that counted hundreds of victims and turned USA Gymnastics upside down. Former Olympian McKayla Maroney said that she was in a car with Geddert on an international trip in 2011, ABC reported. During the journey, Maroney allegedly described how Nassar had touched her inappropriately the night before. However, according to passengers in the car, Geddert allegedly did not react at the time – and later denied overhearing the comments. Geddert was accused of recruiting minors for forced labor, a reference to the gymnasts he coached,… Read full this story
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