1:28 PM PT — John Geddert is dead, according to state officials AND Geddert’s attorney — reportedly taking his own life after sexual assault charges were filed against him.
Geddert died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday afternoon.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a statement moments ago saying, “My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life.”
“This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved.”
John Geddert — the coach of the legendary 2012 Team USA gymnastics team — has been charged with multiple counts of human trafficking and sexual assault and faces up to life in prison.
… and there’s a connection to disgraced Team USA doctor and convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar.
63-year-old Geddert was the head man in charge when the Fierce Five squad won gold at the 2012 Games in London. The team was comprised of superstars Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber.
But, law enforcement officials say Geddert shouldn’t be celebrated as some great coach — claiming he’s a scumbag who sexually assaulted an unidentified person in 2012 who was between the age of 13 and 16.
The specifics of the allegations are still unclear — but the charges he’s facing are horrifying.
In total, Geddert is facing 20 counts of human trafficking, 2 counts of sexual assault, 1 count of racketeering and 1 count of lying to a peace officer.
As for the Larry Nassar connection … Nassar was the team doctor for the 2012 gymnastics team. Nassar also treated gymnasts at the Michigan gym, Twistars, which was owned by Geddert and his wife until they sold it just a few weeks ago.
It’s relevant because prosecutors say Geddert lied to investigators in 2016 when they were looking into Nassar’s criminal conduct — and Geddert allegedly said he never heard anyone complain about the doctor.
Geddert probably saw the criminal charges coming … Michigan State Police raided his home in early 2020.
Team USA suspended Geddert when the Larry Nassar story broke several years back. Geddert told people in 2018 he was retiring from coaching.
Originally Published — 9:54 AM PT