WASHINGTON — More than 90 girls who say they had been sexually assaulted by Lawrence G. Nassar, the previous physician for U.S.A. Gymnastics who was convicted on state sexual abuse fees, filed lawsuits on Wednesday towards the F.B.I. for its failure to analyze him when it obtained credible details about his crimes.
The lawsuits come two weeks after the Justice Department determined to not prosecute two former F.B.I. brokers accused of bungling the bureau’s 2015 investigation into Mr. Nassar, permitting him to assault ladies for greater than a yr earlier than Michigan authorities arrested him. The brokers had been accused by the Justice Department’s personal watchdog of creating false statements concerning the matter.
The plaintiffs embody the Olympic gymnastics gold medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney and the nationwide gymnastics medalist Maggie Nichols, in addition to the previous University of Michigan gymnast Samantha Roy and the previous gymnast Kaylee Lorincz, who now works as an advocate for sexual assault victims.
“My fellow survivors and I had been betrayed by each establishment that was supposed to guard us — the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S.A. Gymnastics, the F.B.I. and now the Department of Justice,” Ms. Maroney stated in an announcement. “It is evident that the one path to justice and therapeutic is thru the authorized course of,” she added.
The plaintiffs are searching for completely different quantities in damages, however their complete claims will exceed $1 billion, their lawyer, John C. Manly, stated in an announcement.
Mr. Nassar, who was sentenced to as much as 175 years in jail, was accused of molesting a whole lot of women and girls, together with many members of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic girls’s gymnastics groups.
The F.B.I. discipline workplace in Indianapolis obtained proof of his crimes in 2015. Agents proceeded to interview gymnasts together with Ms. Maroney, who offered detailed testimony. Ultimately they took no motion to ramp up the investigation or cease Mr. Nassar.
The Justice Department’s inspector basic later accused W. Jay Abbott, who was accountable for the bureau’s Indianapolis discipline workplace, and Michael Langeman, an agent in that workplace, of creating false statements to investigators who had been trying into their actions.
In a report launched final summer season, the inspector basic stated Mr. Abbott made false statements “to attenuate errors made by the Indianapolis discipline workplace in reference to the dealing with of the Nassar allegations.”
He additionally stated Mr. Abbott was speaking to U.S.A. Gymnastics about potential job alternatives whereas he was asking the group concerning the allegations towards Mr. Nassar, actions that violated F.B.I. coverage.
The inspector basic’s report stated the F.B.I. mishandled witness interviews and didn’t share credible info relating to abuse with related authorities.
It additionally discovered that 70 or extra athletes had been sexually abused by Mr. Nassar between July 2015, when U.S.A. Gymnastics first reported allegations towards Mr. Nassar to the F.B.I.’s Indianapolis discipline workplace, and August 2016, when the Michigan State University Police Department obtained a separate grievance.
The girls suing the F.B.I. say that they had been abused throughout this era.
“If the F.B.I. had merely carried out its job, Nassar would have been stopped earlier than he ever had the possibility to abuse a whole lot of ladies, together with me,” Ms. Roy stated in an announcement.