CHARLOTT, Michigan – The gymnasts who spoke to the Michigan Attorney General’s office About coach John Giedert I painted a terrifying picture.
Excessive verbal and emotional abuse. Excessive physical conditioning. Girls were forced to perform through injuries. Sexual and physical abuse.
Giedert, former US Olympic gymnastics coach, owner and coach at Twistars Lansing Gymnasium in Michigan, He was charged ThursdayWith 24 crimes: 20 crimes of human trafficking and forced labor, 2 counts of sexual assault, extortion and lying to the police.
Giedert He died of suicide Thursday afternoon, several hours after the charges were brought. He hadn’t yet turned himself in to the police. Prosecutor Dana Nessel said that Jadrath’s death was “a tragic end to a tragic story for all involved”.
The charges against Giedert were the result of a three-year investigation stemming from the conviction and sentence of the infamous Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar., Who sexually assaulted girls hundreds of times Provide “treatments” in the Twistars back room.
Bridget Frost, the AG’s special agent, brought 24 counts against Giedert in a nearly hour-long hearing on Wednesday before Eton County Partial Court Judge Julie O’Neill. A 37-page transcript of the hearing details the proceedings that caused the charges to finish Thursday morning.
Frost testified, “(These) are not isolated businesses, but a scheme that (Giedert) used to achieve profitable success.” Jaredt used a pattern of arbitrary tactics, including stopping, stomping and stomping on the victims’ bare feet while wearing shoes.
Giedert took control of Twistars and raised money – $ 9.3 million in total sales from 2012 to 2018 – from gymnasts who were forced to continue training and competing even during the injury, Frost said. However, tax records showed that he reported a total income of only $ 2.7 million from 2014 to 2018.
Frost said that contributed to the extortion charge.
Sarah Klein, Nassar’s first known victim who has trained with Jadrit for more than 10 years, said the coach’s death with his own hands was “an admission of guilt that the whole world can see now”. She described Jadrt as a “narcissistic aggressor.”
Klein is not one of the women named on the charges against Jadrt.
“John Giedert’s escape from justice by suicide is shocking beyond words.” “He has tortured and mistreated young girls, myself included, for more than 30 years and has managed to deceive justice.” He added, “The courage of many of Djerdar’s victims will continue to exist. The whole time in stark contrast to his cowardice. As a survivor and mother of two, my only comfort is that I can rest my head on the pillow every night knowing that John Giedert will never intimidate or abuse another child.
Forced to perform during the injury
Twelve of the 20 gymnasts named in the complaint told investigators they were forced to compete or train while they were injured.
Contrary to advice from her doctor, Jadrut forced one of the girls to rehearse after she had a wisdom tooth removed. At the end of the practice, Frost testified, “her mouth was so swollen that she could barely speak.”
Forced another person to return to practice a week after neck surgery. Her depth perception was halted, and when she struck the back of her neck at the bar, Jowdar screamed at her.
Giedert routinely removed another athlete from uneven bars, causing more injuries to an already injured knee. On one occasion, she fell 15 or 16 feet from the bars when he let go of the rails, she told investigators.
When the athletes told him the injuries, he turned his eyes and asked them to continue. He called them names. Shouted in their faces. He forced them to continue training, ignoring notes from doctors who asked otherwise.
Get a girl to do 1,000 sit-ups right after she starts crying when she breaks a bone in the top of her foot while running. Frost testified that once Nassar provided her with shoes, he made her worthy to take it off and train.
He pulled one of the athletes into a sitting position after she fell 10 feet and was afraid of breaking her neck. He had her sit in a separate position for the rest of the training as she could not continue the exercise. She was later diagnosed with a vertebral fracture.
When one of the girls injured the Achilles tendon during training, she put pressure on the injured area. He pushed her shoulders down when she was in a split, even after she told him it was sore. He did this for five to 10 minutes and had her sit in this position for 15 minutes. She wasn’t able to walk and crawl off the gym floor. It was later discovered that she had completely torn the Achilles tendon from her calf muscle.
A 10-year-old girl broke her thumb while training. It was swollen and bruised, but Jdder said she was lying down and forced her to climb five ropes and exercise an extra hour on the balance beam.
Another girl’s parents told investigators that Jadrrat would ask the girls to wait until after a meeting to tell Nassar about the injury so that they could continue to compete.
Sexual assault after a bad practice
A female athlete told investigators that Gradar sexually assaulted her in the locker room when she was 14. Jadrart was charged with first and second degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with this.
Frost testified that he pushed her against the wall and pulled her clothes to her waist. He put his hands under her sports bra and put his fingers in her vagina. He raised her with one hand, placed the other on her shoulder, and bent over her face.
“This will not happen if I have just completed my training assignment as it was supposed the day before,” the girl told investigators.
Athletes said “severe emotional abuse” was routine
All of the girls included in the complaint told the investigators what Frost described as “severe emotional abuse.”
Frost testified that Jadhart called out the names of the athletes, kept them away from the other girls, and screamed so loudly that he was spitting on their faces and belittling them. Criticize their weight and strictly monitor their progress with their daily weight.
Frost testified that his severity caused one girl to stop eating altogether in an effort to meet their required weight. I began experiencing panic attacks and committing self-harm, including an attempted suicide, in October 2012.
At a meeting shortly after the suicide attempt, Jadrodt asked her to apologize for the attempted assassination. He was concerned that it would destroy their reputations and cause her to lose scholarship opportunities.
“At the meeting it was decided that they would lie and she says she has an allergy,” Frost said.
After the girl was awarded a university scholarship, Jadhart called her coach and advised the coach to withdraw the scholarship because she was “lazy and did not want to work.” Jadhart asked the coach in writing that he had never contacted her.
In another case, he pulled the girl aside, calling her “disrespectful (an expletive)” and saying that she should “climb to the top of the rafters in the gym, jump and kill herself.”
She attempted suicide after being questioned by USA Gymnastics about a complaint filed against Geddert. Frost said she left the gym the previous year, but was afraid of retaliation.
Jadhart asked another girl to “kill yourself” after telling Jadhart that she opened her palm during training and was bleeding. She told the investigators that she was so afraid of Gydar that she had night terrors.
One of the girls told the interrogators that she was so afraid of gyros that she would vomit often during training. She had nightmares and was depressed.
Jeddrat Physical Abuse: Pushing or dropping girls, and stomping on their feet, bare feet
The abuse suffered by Jadrt athletes was not only emotional and verbal. Several girls complained of being physically assaulted on his hands as well.
Frost testified that he pushed the girls off the balance beam, dropped them while spotting, pulled them off the uneven bars and stepped on their bare toes with his shoe.
When he spotted a girl on uneven bars, he grabbed her waist and threw her into the bars, hitting her neck and face against the lower bar. She fell and hit the ground, rupturing the lymph nodes on the right side of her neck, causing her black eye and tearing of her stomach muscles.
In October 2013, Jadrut became angry and took one of the girls to the locker room, where he stepped on her toes, grabbed her arm and threw her into a wall. He denied this after reporting the incident to the police. Prosecutors have refused to press charges. Instead, it was ordered that he should complete the consultation.
Athletes said that Jardar knew of the sexual assault of Nassar
Although Giedert told the police he had no knowledge of Nassar’s abuse of the athletes, this contradicted several girls’ reports, according to Frost.
An athlete told the investigators that Giedert had routinely walked during Nassar’s treatment at Twistars.
That’s just one thing Giddert was accused of lying about during his interview with the MSU Police Department.
Giedert told the police that he had never been told about Nassar’s abuse, but Olympic gold medalist Macaela Maroney said in an April 2018 interview with NBC’s “Dateline” that she had told Jadhart and several other gymnasts in 2011 about An incident in which Nassar overlooked. This case of abuse led her to the realization that something was wrong.
Maroney told “Dateline” that Giedert was in the car and did not react, but the other gymnasts inhaled.
Jadhart also told the police that Nassar came to Twistars once a week and had a limited role at the gym. He denied that Nassar was alone in the locker room with the gymnasts.
When asked about intravaginal therapies, Giedert said he would not be aware of this information, then said, “I can limit deductive reasoning for athletes due to the nature of their injuries, such as hamstring strain, lower back. Injury or fracture of the tailbone …”
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