American gymnastics coach, John Geddert who was charged with 24 counts of criminal misconduct Thursday, 25 February 2021 has allegedly committed suicide.
The 2012 Olympic team, which Geddert helped train, consisted of the so-called Fierce Five: Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, and Kyla Ross. During the Nassar trial, Maroney said that she had told members of USA Gymnastics, including Geddert, that Nassar had assaulted her the night before. She was 15 years old at the time.
John Geddert (left) and his 2012 Olympic gold-winning team
John Geddert was also known for his role in securing the women’s 2012 Olympic gold medal but was later charged with 24 counts of criminal misconduct on Thursday, according to the Washington Post.
The charges that were brought against him were among some counts of human trafficking and forced labour according to a report from the Post.
“20 counts of human trafficking and forced labour, a single count of first-degree sexual assault and one count each of second-degree sexual assault, racketeering and lying to a police officer,” the Post reports.
It was expected that John Geddert who had allegedly committed suicide was set to turn himself over to the Police this afternoon after the charges pressed against him had been formally filed, but it was later revealed by The Detroit News now that Geddert had allegedly committed suicide.
Geddert was an associate of Larry Nassar, the Michigan State doctor who hundreds of young women accused of sexual assault; he was eventually sent to prison after pleading guilty to child porn and seven counts of sexual assault of a minor. However, the charges brought against Geddert are unrelated to Nassar, other than a single charge of lying to a police officer, during a 2016 interview investigating allegations against Nassar.