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31 January 2018, 05:00 | Susie Olson
Probe ordered for Karolyi Ranch after Larry Nassar scandal
Biles came forward as a Nassar victim on January 15 and wondered why she had to continue to train at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas, a place where she said Nassar abused her earlier in her career.
After the fallout from the Larry Nassar trial and the horrifying allegations of sexual assault of gymnasts at the Karoyli Ranch, Governor Abbott ordered an investigation by the Texas Rangers.
Gymnasts, including 2010 US national champion Mattie Larson, spoke out about enduring abuse at the center while giving victim-impact statements before Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor, was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty in a MI courtroom to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.
More than 150 women and girls accused Nassar of sexual abuse under the guise of medical treatment.
He also said the athletes who trained at the ranch "deserve to know that no stone is left unturned". "The people of Texas demand, and the victims deserve, nothing less", Abbott said.
Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to the director of the state's public safety department Tuesday asking him to deploy the statewide law enforcement Rangers to provide a thorough investigation of the ranch.
Nassar was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: "I just signed your death warrant".
"There is an eerie feeling as soon as you step foot onto the Karolyi Ranch", Larson said during victim-impact statements at Nassar's sentencing hearing last week.
Bela and Martha Karolyi opened the east Texas facility in 1983, about 70 miles north of downtown Houston. The entire board of U.S.A. Gymnastics resigned in the wake of the scandal.
Two weeks ago, Olympic gold medal-winner Simone Biles posted on Twitter, "It breaks my heart even more to think that as I work toward my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused". Several read statements in which they depicted a troubling portrayal of sexual abuse at the Karolyi training center.
"After almost four decades of spiriting young gymnasts towards greatness in sport, our yearly tradition of the Karolyi's Gymnastics Camp has come to an end".
"It is impossibly hard to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused", Biles said in the statement.
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