Investigation into Karolyi Ranch ordered by Governor Abbott

31 January 2018, 05:00 | Kristine Mills

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USA Gymnastics initially agreed to buy the training facility in August 2016 but then backed out of the agreement following an investigation into sexual abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, who worked with the organization for almost three decades before stepping away in 2015.

Greg Abbott requested the Texas Rangers launch an investigation into the allegations at the Karolyi Ranch, which is just outside of Huntsville, amid the conviction and sentencing of gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Abbott added that the Texas Rangers, the state's top criminal investigative unit, and the Walker County Sheriff Office must collaborate on the case because of the far reach of the allegations, which are spread across jurisdictions and state lines.

He also said the athletes who trained at the ranch "deserve to know that no stone is left unturned". "The people of Texas demand, and the victims deserve, nothing less".

Last week, the Dallas Morning News reported that Nassar practiced medicine in Texas without a Texas medical license. Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison last week.

Abbott tapped the Texas Rangers, a division of the Texas Department of Public Safety known as the state's preeminent law enforcement agency, to conduct a "full and thorough investigation" into alleged sexual misconduct at Karolyi Ranch located in the Sam Houston National Forest in Walker County.

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Several of the women who spoke out about Nassar said he earned their trust by playing the "good cop" alongside demanding and demeaning coaches, including ranch owners and former Olympic coaches Bela and Marta Karolyi.

The Bela Karolyi's Camp posted on its website that it was ending its yearly camp after almost four decaes of "spiriting young gymnasts towards greatness in sport". The entire board of U.S.A. Gymnastics resigned in the wake of the scandal.

"I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar", Biles wrote in a statement she posted on social media.

"I also didn't tell my fellow teammates because, the times he treated me at the ranch, besides when we were traveling and get treatments in his room, it happened to be in the same room as all of them - a lounge where we would watch TV on a big couch and the treatment tables were behind it", Larson said in court.

U.S.A. Gymnastics cut ties with the ranch earlier this month after a groundswell of criticism of its handling of the Nassar allegations.

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