Washington — Several elite gymnasts, including FBI director Christopher Ray and Simone Biles, said at a Senate hearing on Wednesday about the failure to handle Lawrence G. Nasar’s sexual abuse case. I testify. Investigate one of the largest sexual abuse cases in US history.
The hearing will take place a few days after the FBI dismisses one agent who worked on the first investigation into Nasar. Nasar was finally convicted of abusing a number of gymnasts, including Olympic athletes, under the guise of a physical examination.
And two months after a Judiciary inspector general published a report that sharply criticized the FBI for making a serious mistake on the matter. These errors allowed Nasser to continue treating the patient for eight months at Michigan State University, where he practiced. We were also able to continue treating patients in and around Lansing, Michigan, including local gymnastics centers and high schools.
Inspector General reports that Nasar, who provides life imprisonment for sexual misconduct, could abuse more than 70 girls and women while the FBI did not act. rice field.
The two FBI agents initially assigned to the case are no longer working at the agency. Michael Langemann, a special agent for the FBI’s Indianapolis office, was fired in the days leading up to Wednesday’s hearing, according to two people who know the situation. They didn’t want their names to be published because they didn’t have the authority to talk about the case. The Washington Post was the first to announce news of Langemann’s firing.
Langemann, who could not get immediate comments, was not named in the Inspector General’s general report, but details his actions as a special supervisor and his multiple serious failures. Explained to. According to the report, Langemann should have known that Nasar’s abuse was probably widespread, but he did not urgently investigate the case.
Langemann interviewed one of the three elite gymnasts who gave US gymnastics details of Nasar’s abuse, but did not properly document the interview and did not begin the investigation. Langemann included statements she didn’t make in an interview report she submitted to the FBI 17 months after talking to the gymnast (Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, whose name is not mentioned in the report). The report states.
Langemann, like the other investigators initially involved in the case, did not warn local or state officials of alleged abuse of Nasar, and crimes against children were “always widespread, in multiple jurisdictions, and interdisciplinary. It requires a good approach, “he violated the FBI’s policy.
Langemann later said that Nasar had submitted his first report on Nasar, asking him to transfer the case to a Michigan-based Lansing office. However, the Inspector General reported that the document was not found in the FBI database.
W. Jay Abbott, a special agent at the FBI’s Indianapolis office, has also been out of the FBI since he retired in 2018. According to the report, he made a false statement to an investigator in the Department of Justice, “violating FBI policy and federal ethical rules.” According to the report, he was assigned to work for the US Olympic and Paralympic Commission. I was fishing and was talking to Steve Penny, then chairman of the US Gymnastics. Abbott applied for the USOPC but didn’t get the job. Still, he told a Judiciary ministry investigator that he had never applied.
Hundreds of girls and women abused by Nasar were waiting for the FBI to contact them about the mistakes in the case. Olympic gold medalist Biles has sought to know “who knows what, when” about Nasar. After dropping out of the team tournament due to mental health problems, he won a silver medal and a bronze medal at the Tokyo tournament.
Biles testifies with former teammates Maloney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols. Maggie Nichols is known as “Athlete A” in the Nasar case because she was the first elite gymnast to report abuse to US gymnastics. It was July 2015. The FBI’s Lansing office launched an official Nasar survey in October 2016.
Adam Goldman Contributed to the report from Washington.