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Washington Post: FBI dismisses agent accused of failing to properly investigate Larry Nassar
Agent Michael Langeman lost his job last week, two people familiar with the matter told The Post. Langeman was a supervisory special agent at the FBI’s Indianapolis office and interviewed star gymnast McKayla Maroney in 2015 about her allegations of sexual abuse against Nassar.

Langeman is among the anonymous FBI officials described in a scathing report this summer by the Justice Department’s Inspector General, according to the Post. The report found that officers investigating the allegations of sexual abuse by Nassar violated FBI policies by making false statements and failing to properly document accusers’ complaints, which delayed the investigation of the allegations.

The revelation comes the night before four American gymnastics stars – Maroney, Simone Biles, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman – testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing into the handling of the FBI investigation. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Chris Wray will also testify at the hearing titled “Breach of Duty: Review of Inspector General’s Report on FBI Management of the Larry Nassar investigation ”.

A lawyer representing several Nassar victims, John Manly, told the Post that Langeman’s sacking was “long overdue,” but said: “I can’t help but wonder if it’s because of the Senate hearing, and the timing looks cynical. “

Langeman declined to comment for the Post on Tuesday. The FBI and the Inspector General’s office also declined to comment on the newspaper.

Horowitz’s investigation was opened in 2018 to see if the FBI and its field offices dragged their feet in responding to sexual assault allegations made by gymnasts and the USA Gymnastics organization in 2015 and 2016.

The office said in a statement following the release of the report that “the actions and inactions of certain FBI employees described in the report are inexcusable and a discredit to this organization,” adding that it has taken steps to “assure and confirmed that those responsible for the misconduct and breach of trust no longer works with the FBI.”

In 2018, Nassar, who is also a former Michigan State University physician, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after more than 150 women and girls told court he assaulted them. sexually over the past two decades.

He had pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County, Mich., And admitted to using his position as a trusted doctor to assault and assault girls under the guise of medical treatment.

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