Numerous people have been fired or forced out of jobs in the wake of the widening scandal involving once-renowned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who has beenfor molesting some of the sport's top athletes and others as well as child pornography crimes. The latest departure was , CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, who resigned Wednesday.
As outside investigations continue, more people could lose jobs at Michigan State University and elsewhere. Here's a look at some of the individuals or organizations that have been ousted, opted to quit, taken leaves or had ties cut in amid the scandal involving Nassar, who worked for both Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, the sport's national governing body.
Michigan State University
- Kathie Klages: The former gymnastics coach resigned last year after she was suspended for defending Nassar over the years. Klages is accused of downplaying complaints made by two teens in 1997.
- Brooke Lemmen: The former school doctor resigned last year after learning the university was considering firing her because she didn't disclose that USA Gymnastics was investigating Nassar.
- William Strampel: The former dean of MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, who has been named in lawsuits, announced in December that he was taking a leave of absence for medical reasons. University officials said then he would no longer be dean but remains a faculty member. The school announced Friday that it plans to fire Strampel and that it suspended Suresh Mukherji, the chairman of the college's Department of Radiology and chief medical officer of the MSU HealthTeam.
- Bob Noto: The university in February announced the departure of its longtime vice president for legal affairs. The school called it a retirement, which was to be effective March 5. He had been MSU's general counsel since 1995. Trustee Brian Mosallam had sought Noto's resignation.
- Valeri Liukin: The coordinator of the women's national team for USA Gymnastics announced in early February that he stepped down, less than 18 months after taking over for Martha Karolyi in September 2016. Liukin said in a statement that while he wanted to help turn the program around, "the present climate causes me, and more importantly my family, far too much stress, difficulty and uncertainty."
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- Steve Penny: The former president and CEO resigned under pressure last March and replaced by Kerry Perry, who took over in December.
Twistars Gymnastics Club
- John Geddert: The owner of the Michigan club was suspended last month by USA Gymnastics and announced his retirement. He was the U.S. women's coach at the 2012 Olympics. Nassar was sentenced Monday to a third prison term of 40 to 125 years for molesting young athletes at the elite training center. Geddert has said he had "zero knowledge" of Nassar's crimes.
- USA Gymnastics said last month that the ranch outside Huntsville, Texas, would where a number of gymnasts said Nassar abused them.