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DOJ probing FBI's handling of Larry Nassar case

Posted: 7:24 AM, Sep 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 07:45:21-04

The FBI is under investigation right now over its handling of sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar.

The Department of Justice Inspector General's Office is investigating whether FBI agents failed to act on gymnasts' claims of sexual abuse.

The FBI's failure to act when these complaints became known in July 2015 may have exposed more girls to Nassar's sexual abuse.

That's when USA Gymnastics leadership reported the athlete's concerns to the FBI's Indianapolis field office.

The Wall Street Journal reports that by fall of 2015, the Indianapolis office referred the issue to the FBI office in Detroit, but neither field office opened a formal investigation into Nassar.

The FBI launched an internal review into its own response earlier this year before starting a formal probe. According to the Wall Street Journal's probe of the bureau, the Justice Department interviewed several people including athletes and gymnastics officials.

The investigation could lead to disciplinary action and criminal charges.

Meanwhile USA Gymnastics is forming a committee to search for its next leader and gymnasts will be apart of it. USAG's President and CEO Kerry Perry resigned Tuesday after she was heavily criticized for how she handled the fallout from the Nassar scandal during her nine month tenure.

The USAG Board Chair said board members athletes will make up the committee that will help find Perry's replacement.