2012 USA Olympic Gymnastics coach John Geddert was found dead on Thursday, just hours after being charged with sexual assault and human trafficking charges.
Per WLNS 6, state official have confirmed that Geddert was found dead due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On Thursday morning, Eaton County District Court filed several charges against Geddert. Those include:
- One count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct
- One count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct
- 14 counts of human trafficking and forced labor causing injury
- Six counts of human trafficking of a minor for forced labor
- One count of lying to a peace officer during a violent crime investigation
- One count of continuing criminal enterprise
Statement from Michigan Attorney General on John Geddert
Further, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the charges with a statement.
“These allegations focus around multiple acts of verbal, physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by the defendant against multiple young women,” Nessel said. “I am grateful for these survivors coming forward to cooperate with our investigation and for bravely sharing their stories.”
Additionally, Nessel detailed the work put in by law enforcement.
“The charges against Mr. Geddert are the result of a great deal of hard work by my investigators and prosecutors,” Nessel said. “And I would like to express my gratitude for their devoted service, as well as the cooperation and efforts of the Michigan State Police, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd and his staff.”
“This case has truly been a joint effort by law enforcement and another example of how authorities at multiple levels of government can work together in pursuit of justice.”
John Geddert is a renowned coach for his time with the USA team. Above all other achievements, the 2012 USA Olympics team is considered to be one of the best ever. They took home gold.
However, the quick and apparent death of Geddert now means his victims won’t seem him tried for his crimes.