Larry Nassar, the disgraced ex-doctor of Team USA, was allegedly not investigated correctly by agents of the FBI. As such, Olympic athletes Aly Raisman and Simone Biles, and several others were of the opinion that retired FBI agents must take accountability for this negligence.
The Controversial Case Of Larry Nassar
The inspector general of the DoJ claimed that in 2015 agents of the FBI did not respond as urgently and seriously as was required following the first reports of Larry Nassar’s abuse. The report concluded that agents had mishandled evidence. Later on, they had even lied to investigators regarding mistakes.
Simone Biles emotionally said that it was like the FBI was ignoring their pleas. Multiple senators joined Biles in questioning the lack of criminal charges pressed against these agents by the DoJ. Raisman said that FBI agents took more than 14 months to get in touch with her after she had reported the sexual assault of Larry Nassar.
During that time, Larry Nassar had continued seeing patients as a part of his practice. Several dozen young girls and women were allegedly victims of Nassar’s sexual assault during that period. Former gold medallist in the Olympics McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols were also present. Nichols was the first one to expose the behavior of Larry Nassar and alert USAG officials about the same.
In her testimonial, Maroney clarified that the FBI had essentially granted freedom to a known child molester for over a year by not acting on her report.
The 4 gymnasts were all victims of Larry Nassar while they were a part of the national gymnastics team. Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, and Michael Horowitz, Inspector General of the DoJ also have testimonials on Wednesday. Wray admitted that the violation of public trust by FBI agents and apologized for it.