USOC Selects Investigator To Examine Larry Nassar’s Abuse Of Athletes

by SwimSwam 2

February 02nd, 2018 Big Ten, College, News

Press Release courtesy of USOC

Larry Nassar has recently been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing athletes under the guise of medical treatment. One swimmer, Marie Anderson, was among the hundreds that testified against Nassar.

A special committee of directors for the United States Olympic Committee has hired outside counsel Ropes & Gray LLP to conduct an independent investigation into the decades-long abuse by Larry Nassar to determine when individuals affiliated with USA Gymnastics or the USOC first became aware of any evidence of Nassar’s abuse of athletes, what that evidence was and what they did with it. Joan McPhee and James Dowden, both partners of the firm who are former federal prosecutors, will lead the team for Ropes & Gray, which has substantial experience in investigations involving sexual abuse issues.

“Ropes & Gray will have full discretion to conduct the investigation and make findings in whatever way Ms. McPhee and Mr. Dowden decide is appropriate,” said Susanne Lyons, the independent director of the USOC who is leading the board’s special committee.

“Ropes & Gray will prepare a written report, which will be released in its entirety to the public. The investigation will be professional, independent and thorough, and will take as long as necessary to get to the truth.

“The United States Olympic Committee pledges its full support to Ropes & Gray and will provide access to relevant documents and witnesses. USA Gymnastics has confirmed that it will do the same.

“Once the investigation is complete and the report has been published, we will work diligently to ensure that appropriate action is taken based on the facts that emerge.”

“We must ensure that a tragedy of this magnitude can never happen again,” said Whitney Ping, an athlete representative member of the USOC board.

Anybody who has information for the investigation may contact Ms. McPhee and Mr. Dowden at[email protected]m833-458-8316 (toll-free), or +1 617-235-4070.

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Good. A long-overdue start.


Completely inadequate! Poking fun at our intelligence are you? Logic would dictate that a higher authority direct the investigation. If the USOC is paying a firm to investigate, don’t you think the USOC will get the answers they pay for? I can save you time and money and give you the answers now. USAG knew of the abuse in the second quarter of 2015. (unless earlier reports exist, which many have claimed). Steve Penny notified USOC President and USOC Chief Security Officer in early third quarter of 2015. No party acted and Nassar was allowed to return to Michigan State and abuse young girls for another year. USAG reported that they had no obligation to report to MSU or law… Read more »

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