John Geddert, US Gymnastics Coach Charged With Sexual Assault, Dies By Suicide

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 4, 2016: Team United States during an artistic gymnastics training session for Rio 2016 Olympics at the Rio Olympic Arena

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John Geddert, the disgraced former Team USA Gymnastics coach who was recently charged with human trafficking, sexual assault, and other felony crimes, has died by suicide, according to Newsweek.

On Thursday, shortly after news surfaced that Geddert was facing dozens of charges, it was reported that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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

“The victims suffer from disordered eating, including bulimia and anorexia, suicide attempts and self-harm, excessive physical conditioning, repeatedly being forced to perform even when injured, extreme emotional abuse and physical abuse, including sexual assault. Many of these victims still carry these scars from his behavior to this day.”

The 63-year-old was facing 20 counts of human trafficking, two counts of sexual assault, one count of racketeering, and one count of lying to a peace officer, according to TMZ Sports. Geddert was accused of sexually assaulting an unidentified person between the age of 13 and 16 in 2012.

He had been suspended by Team USA following the Larry Nassar allegations, retired from coaching in 2018.

Geddert, who coached the Fierce Five made up of Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber in London, was facing life in prison for the charges.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a suicide prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress and can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.

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