The documents linked to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case was allegedly removed by the former head of the USA Gymnastics, Steve Penny, from the Karolyi Ranch gymnastics training facility in Texas, authorities report.
Mr. Penny who was arrested Wednesday almost three weeks after his indictment by a grand jury for tampering with evidence, the Walker County District Attorney’s office has said. Reports have it that “He was detained after US Marshals tracked him to a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He is being held at the Sevier County Jail while awaiting extradition to Walker County, Texas.”
A conviction of Mr. penny of the third degree felony charge could see him face a 10-year sentence and a fine of up to $10,000. According to reports, ‘The indictment claims Penny ordered the removal of documents from the Karolyi Ranch in Walker County, Texas with “the purpose of impairing the ongoing investigation by destroying or hiding the documents,” after he learned an investigation was underway, the Walker County District Attorney’s office said.’
The documents were delivered to Mr. Penny at the USA Gymnastics headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana but the records are missing.
In a reported statement by the district attorney’s office ‘the documents would have helped law enforcement investigate Nassar and would have “assisted with the investigation of other offenses that may have occurred at the Karolyi Ranch.”’
In the reports, “USA Gymnastics agreed to buy the Karolyi Ranch in 2016 after leasing the center for years but decided not to proceed with the purchase, citing a number of reasons including “unexpected financial expenditures.” Earlier this year, the organization cut ties with the facility after several gymnasts, including Simone Biles — one of the sport’s most accomplished stars — said they were abused by Nassar at the center,
“Nassar was already serving 40 to 175 years in Michigan for sexually abusing women and girls under the guise of performing medical treatment when he was indicted in June on charges linked to allegations at the Karolyi Ranch,
“Nassar is facing six counts of sexual assault of a child and former USA Gymnastics trainer Deborah Van Horn is facing one count of sexual assault of a child in Texas, prosecutors said,” the reports said.
Nassar’s indictment came from investigation by the Texas Rangers into the possible misconduct after victims’ attorneys said Nassar has been involved in the abuse of many women at the training centre for many years.
“Some of Nassar’s victims called on Texas officials to investigate what Martha Karolyi knew about Nassar’s abuse at her training facility, but authorities cleared the Karolyis from any criminal wrongdoing in June,
“We do not believe there is any corroborative evidence with regard to Martha or Bela Karolyi that they did anything wrong,” Walker County Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Stroud said at the time,
“Penny’s replacement, Kerry Perry, quit after just nine months on the job. She had been criticized for what many considered to be inadequate action during the Nassar abuse fallout,” it was reported.
Perry was replaced by former US Rep. Mary Bono who also resigned this month, after less than a week of taking over the position.