Steve Penny, the previous USA Gymnastics president, was arrested on Wednesday after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with proof within the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics physician Larry Nassar.
In a press release issued late Wednesday night time, the Walker County district legal professional’s workplace in Huntsville, Texas, mentioned Penny was arrested by a fugitive process pressure in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and awaits extradition to Texas.
The third-degree felony is punishable by two to 10 years in jail. It was unclear if Penny has an legal professional. Messages left with USA Gymnastics weren’t instantly returned.
Penny resigned below strain in March 2017.
The indictment alleges Penny ordered the removing of paperwork from the Karolyi Ranch regarding Nassar’s actions on the ranch, close to Huntsville. It alleges Penny acted after studying that Texas Rangers and Walker County authorities had been investigating the ranch, which was being managed by USA Gymnastics.
The indictment states the paperwork had been delivered to Penny on the USA Gymnastics headquarters in Indianapolis, they haven’t been recovered and their whereabouts are unknown to authorities.
Nassar was charged in June with sexually assaulting six minors in Walker County. A former sports activities drugs coach, Debra Van Horn, was additionally indicted on one rely of second-degree sexual assault of a kid. Prosecutors mentioned Van Horn was charged as “appearing as a celebration” with Nassar.
In Michigan, Nassar was sentenced earlier this yr to many years in jail, after a whole lot of girls and ladies accused him of molesting them together with his fingers below the guise of medical remedy. They mentioned the abuse went way back to the 1990s whereas he labored at Michigan State College and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.
Nassar was a former crew physician for each the ladies’s program at USA Gymnastics in addition to Michigan State College athletics.
In Texas, various gymnasts who had skilled on the Karolyi Ranch have mentioned Nassar sexually assaulted them there. Walker County prosecutors have mentioned there isn’t any corroborated proof of wrongdoing by world-renowned gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi, and the couple has denied wrongdoing.
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