WASHINGTON – Two former FBI agents accused of disrupting the Bureau of Investigation, a former U.S. gymnast, a former U.S. gymnast convicted of state sexual assault and child pornography, will not be prosecuted, Justice Justath said,
The decision concludes a review that the department began in October, a few months after its inspector general issued a scathing report sharply criticizing the FBI case, which was submitted to the bureau’s Indianapolis office in July 2015.
The denial of the information received by the FBI allowed Mr. Nassar to insult the extra girls. Hundreds of female patients, including many members of U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics teams, say she used violence against them under the guise of medical treatment.
The former agents, W. Jay Abbott, who headed the bureau’s Indianapolis field office, and Michael Langman, who worked in that office, were accused by a Justice Department observer of making false statements when he considered the matter.
“This in no way reflects the view that the Nassar investigation was conducted as it should have been, nor does it in any way endorse or disregard the behavior of the former agents,” the department said in a statement, adding that the decision reflected the instructions of experienced prosecutors.
While the Justice Department acknowledged that the agents appeared to have made false statements, it said prosecutors did not have enough evidence to prosecute them.
Mr Nasar’s victims and their representatives criticized the decision.
“It’s incomprehensible for the Department of Justice to prosecute FBI agents, U.S. gymnastics and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee officials who plotted to cover up the biggest sexual assault scandal in the history of the sport,” said John S. Manley, a lawyer who represented some of the survivors.
Last summer, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, Michael E. Horowitz has accused Mr Abbott of repeatedly making false statements to investigators when asked about Nasar’s case, “minimizing the mistakes made by the Indianapolis Field Office. Nasar’s accusations. “
He also said Mr Abbott violated the FBI’s policy of discussing potential job opportunities with USA Gymnastics while he was talking to the organization about the allegations against Mr Nassar.
Mr. Abbott retired from the FBI in 2018, three years before the Inspector General completed his report. Mr Langman was released shortly after the report was published. But the Department of Justice chose not to prosecute any of the men.
Mr Nassar’s victims, their families and members of Congress were outraged by the Inspector General’s findings and the Justice Department’s decision not to investigate whether FBI agents were prosecuted on suspicion of cheating investigators.
Three months later, Ms. Monaco told Congress that new information had emerged that prompted her to head the department’s criminal division to discuss the matter.
“I want the survivors to understand how particularly serious we are about this issue and we believe it deserves a thorough and thorough discussion,” Ms Monaco said last October.
Mr Manley said Ms Monaco had “promised action” to the victims. “There has been no action for more than six months and now that promise to the survivors has been broken.”
In 2015, the FBI met with several gymnasts who accused Mr. Nassar of insulting him, including McKella Maron, an Olympic gold medalist, who described the allegations in detail in a three-hour interview. He testified in Congress that the FBI responded to his report: “Is that all?”
“Not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they finally found my account 17 months later, they made completely false claims about what I said,” Ms. Maroni said. “They chose to lie to me and protect the serial child abuser.”
Mr Nassar continued to sexually assault hundreds of girls after Ms. Maron spoke to the FBI and in 2017 was charged by the state of Michigan. Mr Nasar is serving a life sentence.