Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex abuse in Michigan
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 22, 2016 10:14 AM
FILE - In this July 23, 2004, file photo, Martha and Bela Karolyi watch together as the U.S. women's gymnastic team celebrates winning the gold medal at the Centennial Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. The latest lawsuit filed Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, accusing Dr. Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics doctor, of sexually abusing a longtime member of the U.S. women's national team is the first to name renowned husband-and-wife coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi, alleging they turned a blind eye to molestations. The Karolyis did not return messages seeking comment. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
MASON, Mich. (AP) — A former USA Gymnastics team doctor was charged Monday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Michigan involving a child under 13.
Three charges were filed against Dr. Larry Nassar of Holt, Michigan, according to online court records in Ingham County. The alleged incidents occurred in 1998. The records don't indicate whether the charges involve one victim or more.
Nassar was arrested and lodged in the county jail. It's unclear when he'll appear in court. A message seeking comment was left for his attorney.
Nassar, 53, has been under scrutiny this year after two gymnasts, including a member of the 2000 U.S. women's Olympic team, accused him of sexual abuse. A lawsuit by one is pending in California.
Nassar has denied wrongdoing. He was on the faculty at Michigan State University but was fired in September for not complying with "employment requirements" put in place after a 2014 investigation of alleged misconduct. MSU didn't elaborate.
USA Gymnastics, based in Indianapolis, cut its ties to Nassar in 2015.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette plans to talk to reporters Tuesday. In October, Schuette said MSU asked his office to review allegations against Nassar, who taught at the school and worked in its sports medicine clinic.
Nassar recently finished last in a three-candidate race for two seats on the Holt school board.