Local charges are still a possibility for a disgraced sports medicine doctor who was sentenced to decades in prison this past week for sexually assaulting more than 100 female athletes over the years, some of which reportedly took place at the USA Gymnastics National Training Center in Walker County.
Sheriff Clint McRae said Friday that his office had an ongoing open investigation into alleged criminal activity by Larry Nassar at the Karolyi Ranch in southeast Walker County. He did not comment on specifics of the case.
“This is an open investigation, but I cannot comment any further on what type of investigation it is at this time,” McRae said last week. “We are gathering information in anticipation that more charges could be pending.”
The Walker County District Attorney’s Office also declined to comment other than to say there was an “open investigation.”
Ingham County, Michigan Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina gave Nassar 40 to 175 years in prison last Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to molesting young female athletes under the impression that he was performing medical treatment at his office at Michigan State University, his home and at a Lansing, Michigan, gymnastic club.
Some of the victims, including Olympic champions Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, say they were abused by Nassar at the National Training Center, which was the home of former women’s national team coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi.
Simone released a statement on social media last Monday condoning the continued use of the ranch as USA Gymnastic’s women’s training facilities.
“It is impossibly difficult 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 wrote on her Twitter account.
USA Gymnastics announced a day after Nassar was sentenced that the ranch would no longer serve as the National Training Center.
Before Nassar begins serving time for the sexual assaults, he will be sent to federal prison on a 60-year sentence for child pornography crimes.