Ex-Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert kills himself after sex assault charges

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A former US Olympic gymnastics coach has committed suicide after being charged with a range of crimes including human trafficking and sexual assault.

John Geddert, who had ties to the notorious Larry Nassar, had been charged earlier today with 14 counts of human trafficking, six counts of human trafficking of a minor, one count of first-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual assault, racketeering, and lying to a peace officer.

The 63-year-old took his own life on Thursday afternoon, according to Attorney General Dana Nessel's office. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wounds, WLNS reports.

No other details have been released yet.

Geddert was the head coach of the gold medal-winning 2012 US women's Olympic gymnastics team.

He was also the former owner of Michigan's Twistars Gymnastics Club, where infamous predator Nassar had admitted to sexually abusing young female athletes.

In 2018 Nassar was jailed for up to 175 years for his decades of offending.

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