Report: FBI lacks urgency to investigate USA Gymnastics complaints on Larry Nassar from 2015

Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appears at Ingham County Circuit Court on November 22, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan. Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Lawrence (Larry) Nassar, accused of molesting dozens of female athletes over several decades, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct. Nassar -- who was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and worked with the country's gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games -- could face at least 25 years in prison on the charges brought in Michigan. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appears at Ingham County Circuit Court on November 22, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan. (JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has faced scrutiny after failing to promptly address sexual abuse allegations from over 200 female gymnasts. On Wednesday, a new report released from the Department of Justice suggested the FBI made serious errors in their investigation into former U.S. Gymnastics National Team doctor Larry Nassar.

One of the victims, Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, has said to have endured years of trauma and suicidal thoughts. “She was in such a bad state. Her mother was afraid if she’d go into her room one day, she’d find her dead and that’s what she told the court in Michigan when he was sentenced on child pornography,” said Maroney’s attorney John Manly.

However, it was the FBI’s Indianapolis field office who received initial complaints about Nassar in 2015 from USA Gymnastics CEO Stephen D. Penny Jr. The Indianapolis office began their probe into the case, but did not formally document any of its forensic activity, including a telephone interview with one of the athletes.

Officials concluded there was no connection to any of the alleged illegal activity in Indianapolis and was asked to transfer the case to another FBI agency. They reportedly informed USA Gymnastics that the case was moved to Los Angeles, however, it never was.

Finally in 2016, Lansing Resident Agency opened its investigation leading to the arrest of Nassar later that year. Olympians Simone Biles and Aly Raisman were among other victims who pleaded enough was enough.

“I hope that the abuse will end with us. I hope people can learn from what happened to us,” said Raisman. “This should never ever happen again.”

One survivor claimed the FBI failed Nassar’s victims by putting their careers and financial gain before the athletes, calling it a blow for survivors.

Meanwhile, Nassar remains in prison where he was sentenced in 2018 to 175 years. Now, two U.S. senators have called for FBI and DOJ officials to testify on their lack of urgency in the case.

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