DETROIT (AP) — Thirteen victims of Larry Nassar’s sexual assault are asking the FBI for $10 million each, claiming a botched investigation by agents led to more abuse by the sports doctor, the sports doctor said Thursday. lawyers.
It’s an effort to hold the government accountable for assaults that occurred after 2015. The Justice Department’s inspector general concluded last year that the FBI made fundamental errors when it learned of the allegations against Nassar this that year.
Nassar was a sports physician at Michigan State University as well as a physician at USA Gymnastics. He is serving decades in prison for assaulting female athletes, including Olympic medal-winning gymnasts.
“We expend so much energy and resources encouraging children to come forward when they have been abused,” attorney Jamie White said. in the face.”
White is not yet suing the FBI. Under federal law, tort claims must be filed with a government agency, which then has six months to respond. A trial could follow depending on the FBI’s response.
“No one should have been assaulted after the summer of 2015 because the FBI should have done their job,” said Grace French, founder of a group called The Army of Survivors. “Knowing that the FBI could have helped prevent this trauma disgusts me.”
The inspector general’s investigation was spurred by allegations that the FBI failed to respond promptly to complaints filed in 2015 against Nassar. It took months before officers opened a formal investigation.
Nassar was arrested by state authorities in November 2016.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said he was “deeply and profoundly sorry” for the delays in prosecuting Nassar and the pain it has caused.
The Michigan attorney general’s office eventually dealt with the assault charges, while federal prosecutors in Grand Rapids, Michigan, filed a child pornography case against Nassar.
For more stories about Larry Nassar and the fallout from his years of sexual abuse of young women and girls: https://www.apnews.com/LarryNassar
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