The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Thursday announced after a “careful re-review of evidence” that it would stand by its prior decision not to file federal criminal charges against two former FBI special agents accused of providing inaccurate or incomplete information during the sex abuse investigation of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Lawrence (Larry) Nassar.
In July 2017, Nassar pleaded guilty to “receiving child pornography in 2004, possessing child pornography from 2003 to 2016, and destroying and concealing evidence in 2016 when he believed, correctly, that ongoing investigation by law enforcement would reveal his child-pornography activities.” Thereafter he was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison.
The DOJ said that its decision was based on “multiple reviews and analyses of evidence gathered in the investigation of the former agents, and reflects the recommendation of experienced prosecutors.” However, it clarified that this re-review of the investigation did not reflect that the investigation of Nassar was handled correctly.
In December last year, USA Gymnastics announced a USD 380 million settlement with more than 500 survivors of Nassar’s sexual abuse.
Upon Nassar’s release, he will be on a lifetime term of supervision.