In a statement released Thursday, the department said the latest decision to deny the officers charges came “after multiple reviews and analyzes of the evidence gathered in the investigation of the former officers, and reflects the recommendation of experienced prosecutors”.
From July 2015, when USA Gymnastics officials first notified the FBI of abuse allegations against Nassar, and September 2016, when the FBI finally began taking meaningful investigative steps, at least 70 athletes were mistreated by him, the inspector general reported.
Last October, Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced a third review of the former officers’ investigation, citing new information prosecutors were reviewing.
“This in no way reflects the view that the investigation of Nassar was conducted as it should have been, nor does it in any way reflect approval of or contempt for the conduct of former agents,” the report said. press release from the Ministry of Justice.
Nassar’s victims, including Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Simone Biles, appeared before a Senate hearing last year and strongly criticized the FBI and Justice Department for failing to charge the former agents.
The FBI apologized for the mishandling of the Nassar case and said it adopted a series of recommendations from the inspector general to prevent the mistakes from happening again.
The Inspector General’s report last year found that senior officials at the FBI’s Indianapolis field office failed to respond to Nassar’s allegations with the seriousness and urgency they deserved and required. had made many fundamental errors when responding and violated several FBI policies. when they undertake their investigative activity. The investigation was launched in 2018 into whether the FBI and its field offices dragged their feet in responding to sexual assault allegations made by gymnasts and the USA Gymnastics organization in 2015 and 2016.
The former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor pleaded guilty in November 2017 to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct for using his profession as a cover to sexually abuse his patients.