A criminal investigation has been launched into the FBI’s handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse investigation.
The Justice Department’s criminal department will look into its decision not to charge FBI agents involved in the investigation after female gymnasts testified before Congress that federal law enforcement had failed to act on complaints made against the doctor.
Nassar, a former US gymnastics team doctor, is serving a 175-year prison sentence for sexually abusing young women in his care as well as child pornography.
In September Simone Biles, MacKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman told the Senate Judiciary Committee how the FBI failed to act after Olympic athletes reported their experiences with Nassar.
The new investigation was disclosed by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco when she testified before the same committee on Tuesday.
He was asked why the Justice Department had not prosecuted two agents in the case, who allegedly lied to the inspector general about why they did not pursue claims against Nassar.
“I can inform the Committee today that the recently confirmed Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Judgment is reviewing this case, including new information that has come to light,” Ms Monaco said.
“I’m constrained as to what else I can say about this, but I want the committee and, frankly, I want the survivors to understand how seriously we take and treat this issue.” that it deserves a thorough and unbiased review.”
The IG report said that although the gymnast made sexual assault allegations against Nassar to the FBI in 2015, she continued to treat athletes at Michigan State University, a high school and a gymnastics club, until September 2016.
Nassar eventually pleaded guilty to abusing 10 of the more than 265 patients who told officials they had been molested by him.
One of the Indianapolis Field Office agents named in the IG report, Michael Langman, was fired by the FBI last month, and his boss, Jay Abbott, retired in 2018.
The Inspector General had recommended prosecuting both men, but the DOJ refused.
Olympic gold medalist Biles told the committee last month that the FBI “turned a blind eye to us” when she and other athletes complained about Nassar.
“We have failed, and we deserve answers. Nassar is where he is, but those who enabled him must be held accountable,” she said.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / FBI