Former Olympic gymnastics coach kills himself after abuse charges: prosecutors

Olympic gymnastics coach for the 2012 team, John Geddert, has killed himself, according to an AFP, and the Associated Press report.

Geddert was charged with 24 felonies, including counts of racketeering as well as felony counts of human trafficking, criminal sexual conduct, and lying to a peace officer, Michigan court records said. He was a close associate of Larry Nassar, who was convicted as a serial rapist and sex offender for his role in molesting competitive gymnasts.

"The announcement from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel came about three hours after a news conference where Nessel announced that John Geddert was charged with crimes, including sexual assault, human trafficking and running a criminal enterprise," the AP reported.

"Geddert was accused of recruiting minors for forced labor, a reference to the gymnasts he coached, according to documents filed in an Eaton County court," the report also said.