John Gedert: U.S.A. The death of the coach, who faced serious abuse charges, was an ‘escape from justice’, says the former gymnast

“He tortured little girls and had been involved with me for over 30 years and had managed to defraud justice,” said Klein, who identified himself as the first person to be abused by Dr. Larry Nassar, a former USA gymnastics team member.

Gadert, who took his own life on Thursday following the news of the allegations, was the former owner of the famous Twisters Gymnastics Club in Michigan. It was one of the places where Nassar admitted to sexually abusing young female athletes. Twistar has since been sold and renamed.

Klein also blamed officials from top gymnastics institutes for “enabling” Gidert.

“Gaddafi was an intoxicated slanderer. His suicide is a confession of a crime that the whole world can see now. His competent people, including top officials from the USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committees, have also condemned and sanctioned the team. For the USA coach, “Klein said.

Other gymnasts were just as upset.

Rachel Denhollander, a former gymnast who first exposed Nassar’s abuse in a September 2016 story on Indy Star Tweeted“Gedert’s choice was his today, and he was alone. Every survivor did what he could to end the abuse and save others.”

“I’m sick with my stomach,” said Olympic gold medalist Eli Ra Ra.

He added In a tweet: “Think of the survivors from there. I wish I could say more to alleviate the pain and suffering.”

Klein was one of more than 150 victims who talked about going to Nassar to seek treatment for sports injuries just for sexual assault and said it was a kind of treatment.

“The bravery of many of Gaddafi’s victims will always stand in stark contrast to his cowardice. As a survivor and mother of two young girls, my only reassurance is knowing that I can put my head on a pillow every night. John Gaddard never terrorizes or abuses another child. Will not, ”Klein said.

She also called Gabbert “a scary coach” who made it difficult to speak.

“My abuse by Larry Nassar started at the age of 8 when I was training at John Gaddard’s elite gymnastics gym. The abuse continued during training at Gaddart’s gym for more than 10 years. Gaddart was a scary coach and he maintained a culture of fear. It made it impossible to go to him and report Nasser’s abuse, ”she said.

More than 1,150 women and girls told the court they had sexually abused them for decades, before Nassar was sentenced in 2018 to 175 years in prison.

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USA Gymnastics, for its part, said it hoped the criminal charges would be brought to justice through the legal process.

“With the news of his death by suicide, we share feelings of shock, and our thoughts are with the gymnastics community as they cling to the complex emotions of today’s events,” the statement said.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called Gedertt’s death a “tragic end to the tragedy for everyone involved.”

Gaddard faced 14 counts of human trafficking-forced labor, resulting in injury, while 6 counts of human trafficking of minors for forced labor, and persistent criminal enterprise, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual behavior, and counts of each. Lying to a peace officer during an investigation into a violent crime.

Ivan Simko-Bednarsky, Amir Vera and Homer de la Fuente contributed to this report.