The former president of the gymnastics federation american, Steve Penny, was detained on Wednesday, October 17, for falsification and destruction of evidence in the case of Nassar, a former physician for the us women’s team condemned to heavy prison sentences for sexual assaults.
President of USA Gymnastics from 2005 to 2017, Mr. Penny has been stopped in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and must be extradited to Texas, where he is accused of having concealed information about the activities of Larry Nassar. Several gymnasts also ensure that it has refused to consider their evidence are overwhelming against the former doctor.
” During the police investigation, several sources have reported that Mr. Penny had ordered the destruction of documents that were stored at the ranch Karolyi when he learned that Larry Nassar was in the crosshairs of justice “, explained the prosecutor of the district of Walker, David Weeks.
Resignation to the head of the USA Gymnastics
The ranch Karolyi, the name of the couple of coaches of Romanian origin who led with an iron hand gymnastics american at the summit on the global stage, was, until in 2017 the main training centre of the federation of american. It is in this center, located near Houston, several gymnasts, including the world star of the discipline Simone Biles, were sexually assaulted by dr. Nassar under the guise of medical treatment. Larry Nassar has been sentenced early this year to several long prison sentences for assaulting at least 265 victims, mostly minor.
Tuesday, Mary Bono, named four days earlier, the acting director of USA Gymnastics, has resigned after having been criticized by several victims of Nassar. In a series of tweets, the double olympic champion team-Aly Raisman, one of the leading figures of the struggle of the victims of Larry Nassar, had criticized the designation of Bono. It stated in particular that the former member republican in the u.s. Congress related to the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, who has defended the USAG in the case of Nassar.
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