A former Olympic gymnastics coach who kills himself in connection with former sports doctor Lady Nassour, hours later is busy charging his girlfriend’s gym as a center for human trafficking by forcing his girls to train and later abuse
John Gerard faces 24 charges that could lead to his imprisonment. He was to appear in Eaton County court near Lansing, but according to state police, his body was found on a resting area along Interstate 96.
“This is a tragic end to a sad story for all involved,” said Dana Nestle, Michigan’s attorney general.
Nigel previously announced that Garrett was charged with several offenses, including sexual assault, human trafficking and operating a criminal organization. The allegations were the latest end to the sexual harassment scandal in prison, with former Michigan State University sports doctor Dr. Nasir now in jail
Gedeert, 63, was not arrested and transported to court. Rather, Nissell’s office allowed him to reveal himself.
“We had no clue that Garrett intended to hurt himself or others. We were contacted by his lawyer and he was assured of his cooperation, ”said Kelly Rossman McKinney, a spokesman for the breed.
Calls seeking comment from lawyer Chris Bergstrom were not immediately returned.
Garrett was the head coach of the 2012 US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team, which won a gold medal. He was associated with Nasrin for a long time, being an Olympic team physician and also treating injured gymnastics at the gym in the Lansing area of Twist, Garter.
Amid allegations, Garrett lied to investigators in 2016 after he denied allegations about Nasser. But a large part of the case against him was joining his gym in Dimondale and how he dealt with young athletes whose families paid to train under him.
Charges against Gerhardt offer to be much lower with Nasr, Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hagman-Clark said.
Gadget has been accused of using his strong reputation in gymnastics as a form of human trafficking through the forced labor of young athletes to earn money.
“Victims suffer from unhealthy eating,” including bulimia and anoxia, attempted suicide and self-harm, excessive physical conditioning, repeatedly being forced while suffering injuries, extreme emotional abuse and physical abuse.
“Many victims still attribute this attitude to this behavior,” the attorney general said.
Niall believes that this case does not meet the general understanding of human trafficking.
“We often care to impress people of color or have no way of protecting ourselves … but honestly it can happen to anyone, to anyone,” he said. “Young women affected can sometimes be ineffective and open to illegal regulations, regardless of the size of the community or the financial well-being of their families.”
Garrett was suspended by the USA Gymnastics belonging to Indianapolis during the Nassar scandal. He told families in 2018 that he was retiring.
US Gymnastics said in a statement late Thursday night that the lawsuit would “attract justice through legal proceedings” over Gediert.
“With the news of his suicide death, we share feelings of shock, and our thoughts are with the gymnastics community as they fight the complex emotions of today’s events,” the organization said.
On his LinkedIn page, Gedeert described himself as “the decorated women’s gymnastics coach” in Michigan’s gymnastics history. He said his twitter teams won 130 club championships.
But Gedeert was often greeted with optimism when the victims of the prose spoke during the 2018 court hearing. Some insisted he was unconcerned about the doctor’s abuse.
Sarah Klein, a gymnast who has trained under Gewardt for more than 10 years and was attacked by Nasir, said the death of a coach is “an escape from justice” and a “scarecrow of words.”
“His suicide is a confession of guilt that the whole world can now see,” the prosecuting attorney said.
Rachel Dunderlander, the first gymnast Nasser to publicly accuse of sexual assault in 2016, said she was proud of the women who went against Gedart.
“There’s a lot of pain and grief for everyone,” he said on Twitter after his death. “Whoever is saved, why do you believe and believe, and we stand with you.”
So much pain and sorrow for everyone.
To all who live, to know you, and to believe in you, and we stand with you. Thank you for singing the truth no matter what.
Please be safe, love you and need here. https://t.co/7EP9cJ13fa
– Rachel Dongler (R_Denhollander) February 25, 2021