Former USA gymnastics coach John Geddert has died by suicide after human trafficking and sexual assault charges were filed against him.
Published: 2021-02-25 04:47 pm
Former USA gymnastics coach dead after trafficking, sexual assault charges filed

Former USA gymnastics coach John Geddert, who led the 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team to win gold, died by suicide Thursday after charges of human trafficking and sexual assault were announced against him.

Attorney Chris Bergstrom’s office, which represents Geddert, and the Michigan attorney general's office confirmed his death to ABC News.

“My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved.”

The 63-year-old coach was charged with 24 felonies Thursday in Eaton County, Michigan. He was accused of physically, emotionally and sexually abusing gymnasts he coached at his gym, Twistars gymnastics club in Dimondale, Michigan, according to the complaint.

His young athletes were allegedly subjected to “excessive physical conditioning, repeatedly being forced to perform even while injured, extreme emotional abuse and physical abuse, including sexual assault," Nessel said at a Thursday press conference announcing the charges.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

ABC News' Rachel Katz contributed to this report.

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