The Indiana Attorney General’s Office has confirmed it is investigating Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics. Curtis Hill says the investigation has been ongoing for nearly a year, and his office has filed limited objections to the organization’s requests to continue the services of two consulting firms.
Hill’s office says the limited objections request the court deny USA Gymnastics’ motions if the consulting firms, Alfers GC Consulting LLC and Scramble Systems LLC, do not agree to certain requirements. The requirements include:
- Comply with all laws and rules regarding the reporting of suspected child abuse;
- Monitor and promote compliance with the policies designed to protect and promote athlete welfare
- Work toward full implementation of the recommendations contained in the Daniels Report.
The third requirement refers to the "Report to USA Gymnastics on Proposed Policy and Procedural Changes for the Protection of Young Athletes" issued by Indianapolis attorney Deborah Daniels in June 2017 after an independent review of the organization’s policies and procedures.
USA Gymnastics has been at the center of controversy after being accused of covering up the actions of former team doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to prison on numerous counts of child sexual assault following accusations he molested hundreds of underage athletes, both as the team doctor and a physician at Michigan State University.
"The allegations against USA Gymnastics are extremely disturbing," Hill said in a news release Wednesday. "While my office typically refrains from commenting about ongoing investigations, we can confirm today that we have been investigating USA Gymnastics for nearly a year. Today we took an initial step toward strengthening protections for athletes participating in USA Gymnastics events and at member gyms around the country. We will continue working diligently to ensure non-profit entities in Indiana act with integrity."
The organization earlier this month filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of what it called a reorganization plan.