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Former USA Olympic gymnastics coach kills himself after criminal charges

Former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert, who had ties to disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar and was charged earlier on Thursday (February 25) with human trafficking and sexual assault, has since died by suicide, authorities said.Geddert’s body was located by Michigan state troopers at the rest area on eastbound i-96 in Clinton County shortly before 3-30 this afternoon.

According to court documents filed in Eaton County, Geddert was charged with 20 counts of human trafficking, one count of first-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual assault, criminal enterprise and lying to a police officer.

“My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life. This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement.

Geddert’s attorney’s office confirmed to Reuters that he was deceased but declined further comment when asked about the circumstances surrounding his death.

Geddert was coach of the women’s team known as the “Fierce Five” that won gold at the 2012 Olympics and the former owner of the Lansing-area Twistars USA Gymnastics Club for elite athletes where Nassar treated gymnasts.

The two sexual assault charges stem from an incident in 2012, court documents showed.

Geddert was suspended by USA Gymnastics in January 2018.

(Production: Peter Bullock)

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