Texas Rangers ordered to investigate sexual assault allegations at Karolyi Ranch

Governor Greg Abbott has ordered a Texas Rangers criminal investigation into claims that former doctor Larry Nassar abused some of his victims at the Karolyi Ranch.

Karolyi Ranch, north of Houston, previously served as the National Training Center for USA Gymnastics.

During last week's marathon sentencing hearing for Nassar in MI, several athletes, claimed they were molested by Nassar at the former national training center for USA Gymnastics in Huntsville.

Biles came forward as a Nassar victim on January 15 and wondered why she had to continue to train at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas, a place where she said Nassar abused her earlier in her career.

U.S.A. Gymnastics cut ties with the ranch earlier this month after a groundswell of criticism of its handling of the Nassar allegations.

The Walker County Sheriff's Office said last week that it had an open investigation into the ranch, and Abbott commended the office for its diligence.

Other gymnasts have also said they were abused at the ranch.

The governor's request comes after a MI judge sentenced Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison last week for multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct. He said he was bringing the Rangers into the matter because the "criminal action has been implicated across multiple jurisdictions and states".

Read Governor Abbott's full letter calling for an investigation by the Texas Rangers. In the absence of an official training facility, Women's National Team head coach Valeri Liukin has offered up one of his two gyms in Plano and Frisco as a temporary home.

Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting girls and women as a doctor for United States Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

On Jan. 22, USA Gymnastics Board of Directors executive leadership - Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley - announced their resignations.

When Simone Biles revealed in a Twitter message she too was sexually abused by Nassar she said it "breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused".

Bela Karolyi coached the US women's team at the Olympics in 1988 and 1992.

  • Stacy Allen