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Simone Biles, other star gymnasts to testify before Congress on FBI investigation of Larry Nassar

WASHINGTON – Four U.S. gymnastics stars will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday at a hearing into the FBI’s handling of the sexual abuse investigation of former U.S. gymnastics physician Larry Nassar.

The testimony of elite gymnasts – Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman – follows a scathing report by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General this summer that found FBI officials investigating allegations sexual abuse by Nassar had violated agency policies by making false statements and failing to properly document accusers’ complaints, resulting in a delay in investigating the allegations.

All four gymnasts have publicly stated that they were mistreated by Nassar.

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Chris Wray will also testify at the hearing titled “Breach of Duty: Review of Inspector General’s Report on FBI Management of the Larry Nassar investigation ”.

The Office of Inspector General found that senior officials at the FBI field office in Indianapolis did not respond to Nassar’s allegations with the utmost seriousness and urgency they deserved and demanded. many fundamental errors when they responded and violated several policies when undertaking their investigative activities.

The investigation was opened in 2018 to see if the FBI and its field offices dragged their feet to respond to allegations of sexual assault made by gymnasts and the USA Gymnastics organization in 2015 and 2016.

The office said in a statement following the release of the report that “the actions and inactions of certain FBI employees described in the report are inexcusable and a discredit to this organization,” adding that it has taken steps to “assure and confirmed that those responsible for the misconduct and breach of trust no longer works with the FBI.”

In 2018, Nassar, who is also a former Michigan State University physician, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after more than 150 women and girls told court he assaulted them. sexually over the past two decades.

He had pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County, Mich., And admitted to using his position as a trusted doctor to assault and assault girls under the guise of medical treatment.

“I have just signed your death warrant,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said at the time. “I find that you don’t understand, that you are a danger. That you remain a danger.”

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