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John Geddert died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound just hours after being indicted on two dozen charges including sexual assault, human trafficking and running a criminal enterprise, WLNS-TV reported.
Geddert’s suicide was confirmed by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office.”My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found this afternoon after taking his own life,” Nessel wrote in a statement.
“This is a tragic ending to a tragic story for everyone involved.”
Michigan State Police tweeted that Geddert’s body was located by officers in the rest area on EB I-96 in Clinton County at 3.24pm.
Police said no further details are available at this time and that an investigation into Geddert’s death is underway.
DailyMail.com left a message Thursday with Geddert’s Lansing attorney Chris Bergstrom.
An official from Nessel’s office said Geddert agreed to turn himself in to authorities at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in Delta Township on Thursday before 2:15 p.m., but never showed up. His arraignment was scheduled in Eaton County District Court before Judge Julie O’Neill.
Geddert was the head coach of the 2012 United States Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team, which won a gold medal.
Nassar was the team doctor and also treated injured gymnasts at Twistars, Geddert’s Lansing-area gym for elite athletes.
It is alleged that Nassar abused several gymnasts in Twistars.
Geddert, 63, is charged with injuring people for years through forced labor and recruiting minors for forced labor, according to documents filed in an Eaton County courthouse near Lansing.
He was also accused of s*xually abusing a teenager with his hands in 2012.
Authorities said Geddert also lied to investigators in 2016 when he said he had never heard anyone complain about Nassar.
State prosecutors charged Geddert with 14 counts of human trafficking; six counts of trafficking in persons of a minor for forced labor; one count of continuing criminal enterprise; one count of criminal s*xual conduct in the first degree; one count of criminal s*xual conduct in the second degree; and one count of lying to a law enforcement officer during a violent crime investigation, a four-year felony.
The two charges related to s*xual conduct were brought after Geddert allegedly engaged in a ‘sexual penetration’ of a girl under the age of 16 in January 2012, according to the complaint.
“John Geddert used force, fraud and coercion against young athletes who came to him for gymnastics training for financial gain,” said Nessel.
Victims suffer from eating disorders, including bulimia and anorexia, suicide attempts and self-harm, excessive physical conditioning, being repeatedly forced to act even when injured, extreme emotional abuse, and physical abuse, including s*xual assault.
“Many of these victims still carry these scars from their behavior to this day.”
Had he lived to face the charges in court, Geddert would likely have faced a maximum life prison sentence if he were found guilty.
Nessel scheduled a press conference for the afternoon. He left a message seeking comment with Geddert’s attorney.
Geddert insisted that he was “not aware” of Nassar’s crimes, although some gymnasts said he forced them to see Nassar and that he physically abused them.
John Geddert Quick and Facts
John Geddert, 63, took his life hours after being charged with 24 crimes
Geddert was the head coach of the 2012 United States Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team
He had ties to Larry Nassar, a team doctor convicted of assaulting dozens of girls
Nassar treated gymnasts at Geddert’s gym and at Michigan State University
Geddert was charged with s*xual assault and human trafficking
He is also accused of injuring people for years through forced labor.
He allegedly lied to authorities when he said that no one complained about Nassar.
Nassar is serving decades in prison for s*xually assaulting dozens of gymnasts
In July 2019, gymnast Sara Teristi said that Geddert forced her to see Nasser.
Teristi says Geddert saw some of Nasser’s abuse but she didn’t intervene.