Robert Killips/Lansing State Journal via AP
NEW YORK — Three former elite US gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, have come forward saying they were sexually abused by a former doctor currently facing trial on a separate matter.
Dantzscher, three-time US rhythmic gymnastics champion Jessica Howard and former national team member Jeanette Antolin appeared on ‘‘60 Minutes’’ on Sunday , detailing what they have claimed is sexual abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar. All three accused Nassar, a volunteer team doctor for USA Gymnastics for almost three decades before his tenure ended in July 2015 of touching them inappropriately while he disguised the abuse as treatment.
Dantzscher, who helped the US team earn a team bronze at the 2000 Olympics, filed a lawsuit against Nassar in California last September as ‘‘Jane Doe.’’ She gave up her anonymity for ‘‘60 Minutes’’ and described how she was sent to visit Nassar to receive treatment for lower back pain.
Dantzscher said she saw Nassar for treatment regularly from her early teens until the Olympics, when she was 18. Dantzscher said typically she saw Nassar alone, which is in violation of USA Gymnastics policy.
USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny and others have been named as a co-defendant in Dantzscher’s civil suit. The suit says the organization negligently suppressed, concealed or failed to disclose knowledge that Nassar had engaged in sexual conduct with team members. Nassar’s attorneys have denied any wrongdoing by the doctor.
USA Gymnastics said it is ‘‘appalled that anyone would exploit a child in this manner.’’ The organization fired Nassar two years ago after going to federal authorities following an investigation into possible abuse by Nassar, leading the FBI to conduct its own investigation of the doctor.
Nassar, who also treated gymnasts at Michigan State University, faces charges in two cases so far, although they’re not related to his work with athletes. Nassar was ordered to stand trial on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after a woman described how he sexually abused her for years during her childhood.
The 25-year-old woman who testified Friday said her parents were friends with Nassar and that he repeatedly abused her from age 6 until age 12 during family visits to his home in Holt, near Lansing.
Nassar has pleaded not guilty.
In federal court, Nassar is charged with possessing thousands of images of child pornography and trying to destroy possible evidence.
Turner died a year after marrying his nurse, who now gets his NFL pension, but his parents claim he wasn’t mentally fit to make decisions.Continue reading »
The Patriots are going for their 10th straight AFC East title as they take on the Dolphins at Miami today.Continue reading »
There’s plenty to come, such as the destinations of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, the top free agents on the market.Continue reading »
Waiting any longer will remain a disservice to those few who meant so much to so many.Continue reading »
Here’s a closer look at the NFL’s potential comings and goings both on the sidelines and in the front office.Continue reading »
The 56-point margin of victory was the largest in Celtics’ history and the worst margin of defeat in Bulls’ history.Continue reading »
The veteran center has embraced his new role as a leader of a young core as his team embarks on a massive rebuilding plan.Continue reading »
McAvoy retreated to the locker room after a late hit by Toronto’s Zach Hyman but he returned to the bench later.Continue reading »
Keeping the roster intact has not been the post-championship mode of operation in previous tenures.Continue reading »