Former USA Gymnastics Coach John Geddert Found Dead Following Sexual Assault Charges
John Geddert, the former US Olympics gymnastics coach, has recently died just a few hours after he was charged with multiple charges of sexual assault and human trafficking.
The news of his death was shared by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who revealed that she learned of Geddert's death after he failed to turn himself in during the week.
Nessel was also able to confirm that the former coach took his own life, adding that it was a "tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved."
WHAT HE WAS CHARGED WITH
Prior to his passing, the Michigan Attorney announced a total of 24 charges against Geddert, all of them related to verbal, physical, and sexual abuse of several young women.
It has been reported that the late coach was also facing 14 human trafficking charges for allegedly subjecting his athletes to "forced labor or services under extreme conditions."
Geddert's abuse, like so much, was never a secret. EVER.— Rachael Denhollander (@R_Denhollander) February 25, 2021
In my memoir I wrote about knowing of it even as a club level gymnast in 2000. Because we have to grapple with the reality that it was known, and no one stopped him. It was known, and he was promoted and given more power. https://t.co/CVmb8kDWr7
It is believed that these actions contributed to the victims' suffering, causing them harm and leading to injuries, which Geddert chose not to acknowledge. According to the attorney general's statement:
"Geddert neglected those injuries that were reported to him by the victims and used coercion, intimidation, threats and physical force to get them to perform to the standard he expected."
CONNECTED TO LARRY NASSAR
Geddert, the former owner of Michigan's Twistars Gymnastics Club, worked closely with disgraced doctor Larry Nassar, who practiced at the facility.
Sarah Klein claimed that she believes his final act was "intended to be an insult to his victims."
The ex-national team doctor was sentenced to 300 years in jail back in 2018 after he was accused by over 250 women of sexual assault, leading to the bankruptcy of USA Gymnastics.
Geddert is the 5th person accused of enabling Larry Nassar's serial sexual abuse to face criminal charges. His list of charges is, by far, the most substantial of the group.— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) February 25, 2021
SARAH KLEIN'S REACTION
Following Geddert's death, Sarah Klein, his first victim and someone he coached for over a decade, said that the fact that John Geddert chose to end his own life is proof of how guilty he really was.
However, and despite feeling relieved, Klein claimed that she believes his final act was "intended to be an insult to his victims" as he managed to dodge his punishment.
The 41-year-old is currently a Philadelphia-based attorney who represents survivors of sexual abuse and shared that she does "not feel closure whatsoever."