By Chris Cwik
Former U.S Olympics women’s gymnastics head coach John Geddert died by suicide Thursday.
John Geddert reportedly died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Geddert, 63, died hours after he was charged with 24 crimes, including sexual assault, racketeering and human trafficking.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed Geddert’s death and said, “This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved.”
Geddert was expected to turn himself in at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department at 2:15 p.m. Eastern, but did not show up, according to the Detroit News.
Twenty of the 24 charges against Geddert were related to human trafficking. Geddert also received one charge of racketeering and two charges of criminal sexual assault of a teen.
Geddert’s final charge involved lying to investigators over the Larry Nassar case.
Nassar — who was sentenced to 175 years in prison in 2018 — served as the U.S. Olympics women’s gymnastics team doctor during Geddert’s tenure as head coach. Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault in 2018.
He was sentenced to a maximum of 60 years in prison in 2017 for child pornography crimes. Over 150 of Nassar’s victims spoke at his sentencing, which lasted seven days.
Geddert was mentioned multiple times during Nassar’s sentencing. One woman claimed Geddert was informed about an “inappropriate procedure” Nassar performed on the woman when she was 16.
The woman’s mother reportedly confronted Geddert about Nassar’s behavior in 1998. That contradicted statements Geddert made to officers during the Nassar investigation, when Geddert claimed he was unaware of Nassar’s crimes.
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