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US Gymnastics Chief Resigns

by on November 17, 2018
 

USA Gymnastics Chief Operating Officer(COO) Ron Galimore resigned Friday as the organization continues her cleansing in the aftermath of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

The  1980 US Olympian who had served in the position since 2011, was the highest-ranking official left at USA Gymnastics who was employed while Nassar’s crimes were committed.
The federation offered only a brief statement on Galimore’s departure, saying its board of directors had accepted his resignation. Galimore himself told USA Today in a statement that his resignation “was not associated in any manner with the online discourse and media reports that have tried to link me to an effort to shield Nassar from scrutiny.”

Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics physician, was sentenced in January to 40 to 175 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual misconduct. Before the sentencing, more than 150 women and girls said in court that Nassar had sexually abused athletes under the guise of medical treatment.
After the Nassar allegations broke, numerous top USA Gymnastics officials stepped down or were forced out as the group faced criticism over how it handled the child abuse allegations and even how it responded after the scandal.

Penny was indicted in October on felony charges of tampering with evidence in the investigation of Nassar, who was jailed for life earlier this year after abusing more than 250 athletes, including several stars of the United States’ gold medal-winning teams at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

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Other top officials, including president and chief executive Steve Penny, previously resigned or were forced out.

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