Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Orders Investigation Into Karolyi Ranch Allegations

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Orders Investigation Into Karolyi Ranch Allegations

USA Gymnastics has announced that it was ending its relationship with the ranch, which will no longer serve as the National Training Center.

In the last few months, numerous athletes, including several Olympians, have accused former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse while training at the facility.

The governor called the public statements made by athletes who previously trained at the Karolyi Ranch "gut-wrenching".

"There is an eerie feeling as soon as you step foot onto the Karolyi Ranch", gymnast Mattie Larson said during Nassar's sentencing hearing.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Mr. Abbott said that because criminal action might have involved multiple jurisdictions, "it is essential that the Texas Rangers work with the Walker County Sheriff's Office to comprehensively investigate all potential criminal conduct". Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison last week.

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"The Ranger's reputation as the state's preeminent law enforcement agency is well known, and I have no ddoubt that they, together with the Walker County Sheriff's Office, will provide the resources and expertise needed for a successful investigation", said Abbott. In the case of an emergency, the closest hospital is so far away you need to be helicoptered there. More than 150 women and girls have said he had molested them under the guise of medical treatment.

Governor of Texas Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered investigation into sexual assault allegations at a gymnastic facility in the state. Maggie Nichols, Jantzi's star gymnast who, at 14, made the USA women's national team, was speaking with Aly Raisman, captain of the 2012 and 2016 gold-medal-winning Olympic teams.

USA Gymnastics severed ties with the ranch almost two weeks ago.

"The recent, shocking allegations of sexual assault of athletes at the Karolyi Ranch in Walker County are deeply disturbing and demand thorough and swift justice", wrote Abbott in a letter to Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The gymnastics scandal came to light as a result of a 2016 expose by the Indianapolis Star but its reach and impact were not fully appreciated until Nassar's trial, which ended with his conviction and sentencing this month.

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