Geddert facing criminal probe amid Nassar scandal

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into John Geddert, a former USA Gymnastics coach who oversaw an elite Michigan club where multiple victims of disgraced former doctor Larry Nassar trained.

Jerri Nesbitt, an executive assistant for the sheriff, confirmed to The Detroit News that the office has ongoing probe, but she declined to release other details.

“We have had people coming forward, and our investigation is ongoing, but we are not commenting further,” Nesbitt said.

Geddert, owner of Twistars gymnastics club in Dimondale and Dewitt, for years sent teenage girls to see Nassar, who offered treatment for sports injuries at the gym in Dimondale. Nassar’s victims have complained that Geddert rarely offered gymnasts any choice to see a different doctor.

USA Gymnastics suspended Geddert, a former U.S. Women’s national team coach, in January amid the fallout from the Nassar sex abuse scandal. Geddert, in a statement last March, claimed he had “zero knowledge” of the allegations against Nassar.

Geddert’s lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment.

Nassar, also a former USA Gymnastics sports doctor, pleaded guilty last year to sexual abuse charges involving a girl under 13 and two teenagers at Twistars.

One victim had alleged Geddert was aware in the late 1990s of at least one mother who said Nassar had performed an “inappropriate procedure” on her 16-year-old daughter.

Eaton County Prosecutor Douglas R. Lloyd told The News Tuesday that he’s aware that the sheriff’s department is in the process of an investigation.

“But at this time, there has been no request for charges or police reports sent to my office for any type of review,” he said.

Geddert was the U.S. coach at the 2012 Olympics. He also was the personal coach of 2011 national champion Jordyn Wieber, who was among the victims who confronted Nassar during a January sentencing hearing along with fellow Olympian Aly Raisman.

Geddert’s suspension followed the resignation of the executive leaders on the board of the governing body for USA Gymnastics.

Paperwork filed Jan. 25 with the State Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs shifted the presidency of Twistars to Geddert’s wife, Kathryn Geddert.

Associated Press contributed.