Governor Abbott orders Texas Rangers to investigate Karolyi Ranch

Texas Governor Orders Investigation Into Karolyi Ranch

Probe ordered for Karolyi Ranch after Larry Nassar scandal

The horrifying sexual abuse crimes committed by Larry Nassar, the longtime doctor of the US national gymnastics team, continue to impact the state of Texas.

The governor of Texas on Tuesday ordered the Texas Rangers to investigate allegations of sexual assault at the state's scandal-rocked Karolyi Ranch in response to twisted sports doctor Larry Nassar's sex abuse crimes. He said he was bringing the Rangers into the matter because the "criminal action has been implicated across multiple jurisdictions and states".

Governor Greg Abbott said he asked the Texas Rangers to investigate accusations by scores of women that they were sexually assaulted by Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, a former U.S.A. Gymnastics team doctor who treated athletes at the ranch and elsewhere.

Last week, the Dallas Morning News reported that Nassar practiced medicine in Texas without a Texas medical license. He has already been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in Ingham County in a separate case, and to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges.

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In his letter, Governor Abbott commends the Walker County Sheriff's Office for its diligence in their ongoing investigation.

The 2,000-acre ranch, near Huntsville, Texas, permanently closed it doors last week. Several gymnasts have said Nassar abused them at the ranch. "It will no longer serve as the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center", USA Gymnastics president and CEO Kerry Perry said in a statement.

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles also revealed that she was sexually abused at the famed ranch. 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. They said Nassar molested them during monthly training camps at the ranch.

In the late spring of 2015, inside the Karolyi Ranch, visiting coach Sarah Jantzi overheard a troubling conversation. She said he would give her desserts as treats, which were forbidden at the ranch, where the Karolyis closely monitored what the gymnasts ate. "And it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused". The victims have blamed Michigan State University, where Nassar worked, as well as USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee for not doing more earlier to stop him.

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