An ex-Us Olympics coach for gymnastics has committed suicide hours after he was prosecuted for human trafficking and sexual assault, the authorities say.
On Thursday, Dana Nessel, the office of Michigan Attorney General, confirmed the death of John Geddert.
In the afternoon, Ms Nessel had highlighted 24 felony cases facing Geddert.
Geddert was coach of the women’s gymnastics team in 2012 and worked very closely with Larry Nassar, the team doctor who abused hundreds of athletes.
63-year-old Geddert had owned the training ground in Michigan where Nassar had worked as a gym’s doctor. Several gymnasts accused him of abusive behaviour when they attested during Nassar’s trial.
He was anticipated to turn himself in on Thursday evening, but he did not report the attorney general’s office.
“My office has been informed that the body of John Geddert was discovered late this afternoon after taking his own life,” Ms Nessel later said in an interview.
“This is a sad end to a tragic story for everyone involved.”
What charges was Geddert facing before his death?
Earlier, Ms Nessel had declared 24 separate charges against Gedert that focus around several acts of verbal, sexual and physical abuse committed by the defendant against several young women.”
Two of the counts included the claimed sexual assault of a girl between the age of 12 to 16.
He’s alleged for 14 human trafficking cases for intentionally subjecting “his students to forced services or labour under extreme conditions that caused the injuries, sufferings and harm.”
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