WASHINGTON – An FBI agent accused of failing to properly investigate U.S. gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been fired by the agency, NBC News confirmed.
The dismissal of agent, Michael Langeman, came after a report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General released in July criticized Langeman and his boss, Constable in Charge Jay Abbott, for their treatment of the ‘case. He said they had not responded to the gymnasts’ claims that they were sexually assaulted by Nassar “with the urgency that the allegations demanded.”
Langeman was a supervisory special agent at the FBI field office in Indianapolis when he interviewed Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney in 2015 about her allegations of abuse by Nassar. The Inspector General’s report stated that he and Abbott lied to investigators in the Inspector General’s office about their actions and that they never formally opened an investigation.
When the report was released this summer, Langeman was no longer acting as an FBI agent, federal law enforcement sources said. An officer cannot be fired while an Inspector General investigation is underway, and the investigation lasted for three years. Abbott retired several years ago.
Langeman’s sacking was first reported by the Washington Post.
In 2017, Nassar pleaded guilty to abusing 10 of the more than 265 women and girls who came forward to say they had been assaulted. He is serving up to 175 years in prison.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on Wednesday into the FBI’s handling of the Nassar case, with testimony from Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman.
FBI Director Christopher Wray, who did not head the agency during the Nassar investigation, and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz are also expected to testify. Wray should describe the changes that have been put in place to ensure that the agency conducts proper investigations into such allegations of sexual abuse in the future.
NBC reported in July that Nassar still owed nearly $ 58,000 to five of his victims, even though he had deposited more than $ 12,000 into his inmate account at a federal prison. Earlier this month, court documents showed that a USA Gymnastics reorganization plan provided for up to $ 425 million for survivors who say they were sexually assaulted by Nassar.