Thirteen women who were sexually abused by disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar each filed claims against the FBI for $10 million, saying the agency failed to properly investigate his crimes.
Attorney Jamie White, who is representing the women, said the FBI’s mishandling of the Nassar case is ‘a law enforcement failure of historic proportions,’ with the women’s claims totaling $130 million. White says agents ignored early reports of Nassar’s abuse, and left him free to continue molesting victims on an industrial scale.
‘We spend so much energy and resources encouraging children to come forward when they have been abused, so the fact that people came forward to the most powerful law enforcement agency in the world and were rebuffed – it’s a slap in the face,’ White said.
‘This is the largest failure on the part of law enforcement in the history of the world as it pertains to the protection of children, and there must be institutional accountability to make sure this doesn’t happen again.’
Nassar was convicted and sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison in 2018 for sexually abusing hundreds of young female athletes, with many of the victims, including gold medalist Simone Biles, slamming the FBI in a series of hearings last year for allegedly turning a blind eye to his abuse since 2015.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, by Ronny Reyes