Victims of Larry Nassar seek $130 million in claims, accuse FBI of turning a blind eye to abuse allegations


All officers involved in the Nassar investigation chose to ‘turn a blind eye’ to Nassar’s child sexual abuse, accusing them of ‘negligence’ and ‘wrongdoing’ during the investigation, according to administrative tort claims seeking $10 million for each victim.

The filing specifically targets the FBI’s Indianapolis and Los Angeles field offices for failing to act properly on sexual abuse allegations against Nassar, the former Olympic doctor who sexually abused girls for decades.

The FBI did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

By law, victims must file administrative claims with the government agency before they can file a civil suit. The agency has six months to respond and possibly settle with claimants before they can choose to file a complaint.

The claims are largely based on the findings of a scathing inspector general report released last July, revealing in part that senior officials at the FBI’s Indianapolis field office failed to respond to Nassar’s allegations, committed many fundamental errors when responding and violated several FBI policies when undertaking their investigative activity.
READ: Inspector General’s report on FBI investigation of Larry Nassar

Nassar, the former longtime U.S. gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor, is serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison for child pornography.

He was also sentenced to a state prison term of 40 to 175 years in Michigan after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Last month, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Jerry Moran in a letter called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to conduct a full review of all information relating to Nassar, noting “to date little or no action has been taken.” taken to detain those of the DOJ, who should have protected the victims of Nassar, responsible.”

In September, Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Simone Biles in Senate testimony tore at the FBI and the Justice Department for how the agency mishandled abuse allegations and then made false claims in the fallout from the botched investigation.

Takeaways from Senate hearing on FBI failures to investigate gymnasts charges against Nassar

At the time, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified that he felt “sick and furious” once he learned of the extent of the agency’s failures.

Still, Wray painted the botched investigation as the product of “individuals” who “betrayed their basic duty to protect people,” rather than reflecting the agency as a whole.

Wray vowed to “make sure everyone in the FBI remembers what happened here in heartbreaking detail.”

In December, USA Gymnastics, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and their insurers agreed to pay $380 million as part of a settlement with Nassar’s victims.

CNN’s Ray Sanchez contributed to this story.


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