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Probe ordered for Karolyi Ranch after Larry Nassar scandal

31 January 2018

When previously contacted by ESPN for comment on a recent story that outlined the abuse women suffered under the care of USA Gymnastics, Marta Karolyi declined to comment on behalf of her family.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the governor's office, Abbott asked the Texas Rangers to investigate misconduct allegations at the famed Karolyi Ranch, the East Texas training facility where Larry Nassar had treated athletes.

Abbott noted that multiple athletes have said they had been sexually abused while training at the Texas facility.

Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, had already been sentenced last year to 60 years in federal prison for charges of child pornography and destroying and concealing evidence.

He also said the athletes who trained at the ranch "deserve to know that no stone is left unturned".

The ranch hosted training camps for more than a decade until earlier this year.

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At his sentencing hearing in MI, about 160 of his victims gave harrowing accounts of the abuse they suffered at the hands of the Nassar, who served as the program's physician through four Olympic Games.

The sheriff's office confirmed last week that it opened an investigation into the scandal-plagued facility, but declined to offer specific details. The unit, which has about 160 commissioned officers, led the investigation into sexual abuse of underage girls at a remote Texas ranch operated by a rogue polygamist sect called the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis also both resigned after Nassar's sentencing. Several women who provided statements during that hearing say Nassar assaulted them while they were training at the ranch in Texas.

Nassar's accusers have said he would use his ungloved hands to penetrate them and other inappropriate touching when they were seeking treatment for back, hip, leg, foot and other injuries. "The people of Texas demand, and the victims deserve, nothing less", said Abbott. Simone Biles, a 2016 gold medalist, said she was distraught over the idea of having to return to the Texas camp to train for upcoming events.

Probe ordered for Karolyi Ranch after Larry Nassar scandal