Olympics 2012 athletics coach John Geddert has killed himself hours after being charged with sex crimes (Picture: AP)
An Olympics athletics coach has killed himself after being charged with human trafficking and criminal sexual assault. John Geddert, a team USA coach for the 2012 games, took his own life in Lansing, Michigan, on Thursday afternoon, WLNS reported.
It is unclear how Geddert died. He turned himself in earlier this morning, and was due to be arraigned in court shortly before news of his death was announced.
The late sportsman, an associate of sex abuser Olympics doctor Larry Nassar, was charged with a host of serious crimes just hours before his death. The charges he faced included two allegations of sexual abuse against a child aged between 13 and 16.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the charges against him at a court in Eaton County, Michigan, earlier on Thursday. Nessel’s office has since confirmed news of Geddert’s suicide.
He faced 14 counts of human trafficking, with each count carrying a 15 year jail sentence, as well as six counts of human trafficking of a minor. Each of those six charges carried up to 20 years in jail.
Geddert was also charged with a single count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, as well as one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. His coaching was credited with helping the USA Athletics team clinch a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics.
But detectives launched a probe into Geddert shortly after Nassar was jailed for life for sexually abusing hundreds of young women in early 2018. Geddert ran an gymnastics club called Twistars, where Nassar offered weekly treatments.
The late coach is accused of neglecting doctors’ medical advice – except that of Nassar – and is also said to have lied to cops investigating Nassar to try and cover-up for his disgraced pal.
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