Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked that the Texas Rangers investigate reports of sexual abuse of gymnasts at the Karolyi Ranch, the former women’s national training center for USA Gymnastics in the Sam Houston National Forest, in the wake of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar’s guilty plea to abusing gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment.
Abbott’s instructions to Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Department of Public Safety, came as the Walker County Sheriff’s Department continues its investigation into the ranch, owned by former national team coordinators Bela and Martha Karolyi. The ranch hosted monthly training camps for the federation’s national team from 2001 through this year, when USA Gymnastics canceled its lease to use the property.
“The public statements made by athletes who previously trained at the Karolyi Ranch are gutwrenching,” Abbott said in his letter to the DPS director. “Those athletes, as well as all Texans, deserve to know that no stone is left unturned to ensure that the allegations are thoroughly vetted and the perpetrators and enablers of any such misconduct are brought to justice.”
Several gymnasts have said that Nassar abused them during monthly training camps at the ranch, and it has not been determined if anybody associated with USA Gymnastics was aware of Nassar’s actions failed to report them to authorities.
SOURCE: Houston Chronicle, David Barron