MASON, Mich. (WWJ/AP) — A former USA Gymnastics team doctor has been charged in Michigan with first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a child under 13.
Online court records in Ingham County show three charges were filed Monday against Dr. Larry Nassar of Holt, Michigan. The alleged incidents occurred in 1998. The records don’t indicate whether the charges involve one victim or more.
A message seeking comment was left for Nassar’s attorney.
Nassar has been under scrutiny this year after two gymnasts, including a member of the 2000 U.S. women’s Olympic team, accused him of sexual abuse. A lawsuit by one is pending in California.
The Olympian is identified as “Jane Doe” in the lawsuit against Nassar and the USA Gymnastics organization. Her attorneys identified her only as a medal-winning member of the team that competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The second gymnast, Rachael Denhollander of Louisville, Kentucky, told the Indianapolis Star newspaper that Nassar sexually abused her in 2000 while she underwent treatment for lower back pain at Michigan State University, where Nassar was a faculty member.
Denhollander, who was 15 at the time, told the Star that Nassar became gradually more abusive over the course of five treatments, including massaging her breasts and penetrating her. She said she filed a complaint last month with university police.
Denhollander said her mother was at the therapy sessions, but that Nassar positioned himself in such a way that she couldn’t see what was happening.
Nassar has denied wrongdoing. Michigan State University fired him in September. USA Gymnastics cut ties in 2015.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette plans to talk to reporters Tuesday.
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