CLICK DETROIT, LANSING, Mich. – John Geddert, the former U.S. Olympics coach and former owner of Twistars Gymnastics, killed himself Thursday hours after he was charged with 24 felonies.
Police confirmed Geddert’s body was found at a rest stop on I-96 in Grand Ledge just after 3:20 p.m. He was 63 years old.
Geddert was expected to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Thursday on 24 felonies, but he did not show up to the hearing.
Sources said he killed himself with a single gunshot.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called Geddert’s death “a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved.”
The former U.S. Olympics coach had ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison — 40-125 years in Eaton County prison and 40-175 years in Ingham County prison — after more than 150 victims came forward accusing him of sexual assault.
Geddert was the head coach of the U.S. Olympics Gymnastics team in 2012 and owned Twistars, the gym the team trained at. During this time, Nassar was the team’s doctor and also treated gymnasts at Twistars.
Nassar worked for Geddert as a team physician and Twistars’ medical expert for about 20 years.
Twistars was sold to new owners in early 2021 and changed its name to Capital City Flips.
The court filings allege Geddert had a history being physically and emotionally abusive. During Nassar’s trial, multiple gymnasts said they held Geddert responsible for Nassar’s abuse and said Geddert had enabled Nassar.
Nessel announced the 24 felony charges against the former gymnastics coach at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
“It is alleged that John Geddert use force, fraud and coercion against the young athletes that came to him for gymnastics training for financial benefit to him,” Nessel said.
Geddert was charged with two counts criminal sexual conduct. Both charges involve a minor between the ages of 13 and 16.
According to the charges, the incidents allegedly occurred in 2012 and the victims were coerced into “effected sexual penetration” and “sustained personal injury” …
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