Texas Rangers probe facility the place Larry Nassar handled athletes


The Karolyi Ranch, owned by famed gymnastics coaches Bela and Marta Karolyi, was once the training center for the United States national team from 2001-2018 and considered an elite place for aspiring gymnasts to train.

The Karolyi Ranch in Walker County, Texas, was the national training center for USA Gymnastics until the organization recently cut ties with it amid the sexual abuse scandal involving Larry Nassar.

The facility has been used for regular training camps but USA Gymnastics said earlier this month it had cancelled training sessions and was exploring alternative sites until a permanent location is found. USA Gymnastics initially agreed to buy the training facility in August 2016 but then backed out of the agreement following an investigation into sexual abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, who worked with the organization for almost three decades before stepping away in 2015.

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"The public statements made by athletes who previously trained at the Karolyi Ranch are gut-wrenching", Abbott said in a statement Tuesday.

Several gymnasts have said Nassar abused them at the ranch.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN. Nassar also pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in a MI courtroom for which the judge handed him a separate sentence of 40 to 175 years behind bars. The Walker County Sheriff's Office is already investigating. He said he was bringing the Rangers into the matter because the "criminal action has been implicated across multiple jurisdictions and states". "The people of Texas demand, and the victims deserve, nothing less", he said. The unit, which has about 160 commissioned officers, led the investigation into sexual abuse of underage girls at a remote Texas ranch operated by a rogue polygamist sect called the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Other gymnasts have also said they were abused at the ranch. A total of 156 victims testified that they sought treatment from Nassar for sports injuries and were sexually assaulted. The decision came three days after Olympic champion Simone Biles expressed dismay at having to attend camps there, where Biles says she was sexually abused by a former national team doctor.