FILE PHOTO: Larry Nassar, a former staff USA Gymnastics physician who pleaded responsible in November 2017 to sexual assault costs, stands in court docket throughout his sentencing listening to within the Eaton County Court docket in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S., February 5, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Prepare dinner/File Picture
July 14, 2021
By Sarah N. Lynch and David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Justice Division’s inner watchdog on Wednesday blasted the FBI for dragging its ft to analyze sexual abuse allegations it obtained in 2015 towards disgraced USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar, and accused two FBI officers of mendacity to investigators to cowl up their errors.
In a scathing 119-page report, Justice Division Inspector Common Michael Horowitz mentioned the FBI’s area workplace in Indianapolis “failed to reply to the Nassar allegations with the utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required.”
Among the many quite a few missteps included ready 5 weeks earlier than conducting a telephone interview with one of many sufferer athletes, whereas failing to interview different victims, the report discovered.
Horowitz additionally mentioned two FBI officers, together with the workplace’s now-retired particular agent in cost W. Jay Abbott, lied throughout their interviews to cowl up their errors.
Nevertheless, the Justice Division has declined to prosecute them, the report added.
In a press release, the FBI mentioned: “This could not have occurred. The FBI won’t ever lose sight of the hurt that Nassar’s abuse prompted.”
Nassar was sentenced in federal court docket in 2017 to 60 years in jail on costs of possessing baby intercourse abuse materials.
The next 12 months, he was additionally sentenced as much as 175 years and as much as 125 years, respectively, in two separate Michigan courts for molesting younger feminine gymnasts below his care together with Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney.
The inspector basic’s investigation was launched in 2018 amid issues that the FBI dragged its ft in opening a sexual abuse probe into Nassar regardless of receiving a number of complaints about him.
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and David ShepardsonEditing by Marguerita Choy and David Gregorio)