A former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach committed suicide on Thursday after being accused of physical abuse and assaulting dozens of young athletes.
John Geddert, 63, had been expected to surrender on Thursday afternoon before his body was found in a Clinton County highway.
He was an American gymnastics coach, who trained Olympic champion Jordyn Wieber and was a head coach for the London 2012 US Olympic Gymnastics Team.
Prosecutors filed 24 criminal charges against Geddert, including 14 counts of human trafficking, forced labor, six counts of human trafficking for a minor, one count of ongoing criminal enterprise, one count of first and another for second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of lying to the police while investigating the crime.
prosecutors allege that Geddert engaged in sexual activities with two minors between the ages of 13-16 in January 2012.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office claimed that Geddert subjected athletes to forced labor or services under harsh conditions that contributed to their injury and harm.