Former US Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert has committed suicide hours after sex and human trafficking charges were leveled against him.
Confirming the news was Dana Nessel, Michigan Attorney General who said that the incident happened on Thursday afternoon.
The deceased was part of the women’s gymnastic team in 2012 where he worked closely with Larry Nassar the teams doctor charged with abusing the athletes.
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Doctor Larry Nassar was charged and slapped with 300 years in jail after he was found guilty of abusing about 250 girls at the time.
63-year-old John Geddert was also named during the hearing of Nassar’s case with the victims also accusing him of abuse. He was ordered to surrender himself to the Attorney General’s office but failed to do so.
Attorney General Dana Nessel also confirmed that the deceased was facing 24 counts to answer to that including physical, verbal and sexual abuse of the athletes.
Among the charges leveled against him was an alleged sexual abuse of two underage girls who were part of the team. The girls were 13 and 16 years of age.
In addition to that, he was also facing 14 charges of human trafficking where it is alleged that he subject some athletes to forced labour causing physical damage to them.