Texas governor orders investigation into sexual assault allegations of gymnastic facility

A sign points to Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly Texas

USA Gymnastics initially agreed to buy the training facility in August 2016 but then backed out of the agreement following an investigation into sexual abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, who worked with the organization for almost three decades before stepping away in 2015.

Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas Rangers to launch an investigation into the sexual assault allegations at Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly.

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.

"The Ranger's reputation as the state's preeminent law enforcement agency is well known, and I have no ddoubt that they, together with the Walker County Sheriff's Office, will provide the resources and expertise needed for a successful investigation", said Abbott. Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison last week. Numerous victims testified that their abuse took place at the Karolyi Ranch in Walker County. They said Nassar molested them during monthly training camps at the ranch. He said he was bringing the Rangers into the matter because the "criminal action has been implicated across multiple jurisdictions and states".




In a letter requesting the criminal investigation, Governor Abbott wrote that the allegations are "deeply disturbing and demand thorough and swift justice". In the absence of an official training facility, Women's National Team head coach Valeri Liukin has offered up one of his two gyms in Plano and Frisco as a temporary home.

Nassar sexually assaulted hundreds of victims over decades as the chief doctor for USA Gymnastics.

"I was willing to physically hurt myself to get out of the abuse I was experiencing at the ranch", she said. Maggie Nichols, Jantzi's star gymnast who, at 14, made the US women's national team, was speaking with Aly Raisman, captain of the 2012 and 2016 gold-medal-winning Olympic teams.

Biles, who has returned to training after winning five medals at the 2016 Olympics, said in a statement released Monday that "it is impossibly difficult" to attend team camps at the ranch.

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