WASHINGTON,September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman will testify on Wednesday about the sexual abuse they suffered from disgraced US gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, as the US Senate examines why the FBI did not investigate his crimes earlier.
Biles and Raisman will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside their former Olympic teammate McKayla Maroney and former gymnast Maggie Nichols, who was the first victim to report the abuse to USA Gymnastics.
The hearing comes after the 'Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice Michael Horowitz in July published a scathing report that criticized the FBI for botching its investigation in a series of mistakes that allowed the abuse to continue for months on end.
Horowitz will also testify on Wednesday, as will FBI Director Chris Wray, who is expected to face heated bipartisan questions about why the officers who botched the investigation were never prosecuted for their fault.
The FBI investigation into Nassar began in July 2015, after USA Gymnastics President and CEO Stephen Penny reported the allegations to the FBI field office in Indianapolis and provided agents with the names of three victims willing to be questioned.
This office, then headed by Special Agent in Charge W. Jay Abbott, did not officially open an investigation . The FBI interviewed only one witness months later, in September 2015, and did not formally document that interview in an official report known as "302 " untilFebruary 2017 - long after the FBI arrested Nassar for possessing sexually explicit images. child dren in December 2016.
When the interview was finally documented in 2017 by an anonymous surveillance special agent, the report was filled with "materially false information and omitted important information, " the Horowitz report determined.
The office also failed to share the allegations with state or local law enforcement agencies.
"Children suffered needlessly because multiple officers in multiple offices FBI failed to share Nassar's allegations with their law enforcement counterparts in state and local agencies, "classifying Republican Charles Grassley said in prepared remarks.
"Disturbingly, the abuse occurred entre the hands of someone who has been entrusted with his medical treatment and well-being, "he added.
Horowitz also said that Abbott, who retired from the FBI in 2018, also violated the FBI's conflict of interest policy by discussing possible employment with the US Olympic Committee while he was involved in the Nassar investigation.
Neither Abbott nor the other anonymous supervisory special agent who botched the Nassar probe has been prosecuted for their actions .
The FBI previously called Abbott 's behavior "appalling " and said the special supervisory agent was staying with the FBI but is no longer a supervisor and "no longer works on FBI matters.
An Abbott attorney previously said in a statement that he is grateful to prosecutors for bringing Nassar to justicee.
Nassar, who had been the principal doctor of the Olympic gymnasts, was sentenced by a federal court in 2017 to 60 years in prison for possession of equipment child pornography.
The following year, he was also sentenced to 175 years and up to 125 years, respectively, in two separate Michigan courts for assaulting female gymnasts in his care. Prosecutors estimated he sexually assaulted hundreds of women. Sarah N. Lynch report; Editing by Scott Malone and Lisa Shumaker
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