The Michigan State Police has confirmed that former USA Olympic Gymnastics coach John Geddert has died by suicide.
Geddert’s body was found at an interstate highway rest stop at 3:24 p.m. ET.
Michigan state officials had previously charged Geddert, 63, with over 20 counts of human trafficking and forced labor, one count of first-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual assault, racketeering and lying to a police officer.
Law enforcement started investigating Geddert in 2018 during the case of former USA Gymnastics National Team Doctor, Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to 175 years in a prison for seven counts of sexual assault of a minor and an additional 40 to 125 years for three counts of sexual assault.
it was revealed during Nassar’s trial that he and Geddert were friends, and worked together at Geddert’s Twistars USA Gymnastics facility.
“Geddert was a narcissistic abuser. His suicide is an admission of guilt that the entire world can now see,” said former Twistar’s gymnast Lindsay Hull during Geddert’s sentencing.
Hull was a key witness in helping to convict Geddert, addressed his death in a statement released by her lawyer.
“My teammates and I spent way too many days as innocent children, shaking, crying, trembling, some even trying to take their own lives because of you. We can assume this (suicide) stems from him being guilty and knowing he was guilty,” she said.
Hull explained that she felt the years of work that was put into the case was for nothing.
“The hardest part about this is that we’ll never know. The amount of work that the AG’s office has had to put in for over the past three years to finally get to this day, all for nothing. The case is considered done, but we’ll never have an actual ending,” she said.
Unfortunately, Geddert’s victims will never get to have their day in court but hopefully, they can find peace knowing that he will no longer be able to hurt anyone else.