USA Gymnastics: Board of directors members resign

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Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, is escorted by a court officer during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich., Jan. 17, 2018.

Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley announced in a brief statement that, as of Sunday, they were no longer part of USA Gymnastics.

The resignations come after dozens of gymnasts detailed sexual abuse by national team doctor Larry Nassar, who was a volunteer at USA Gymnastics, at his trial in MI. "We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization", USAG president and CEO Kerry Perry said in a release.

"I hope that the right person was convicted and I have to say, though, that I have the utmost - the utmost faith and respect - for the leadership of our president, too, at Michigan State".

"To believe in the future of gymnastics is to believe in change", she said.

In June 2017, the gymnastics board adopted the new USA Gymnastics SafeSport Policy that replaced the previous policy.

Michigan State's gymnastics coach - who is accused of downplaying complaints made by two teens in 1997 - and another university sports doctor quit under pressure past year.

Wieber, now 22, said she started seeing Nassar at age 8 and that he brought her food and coffee at the Karolyi Ranch, the training center for the United States national team run by Bela and Martha Karolyi, in order to groom her.

"Having Preston here has just been a joy", said Samantha Ursch, 29, who testified last week about abuse by Nassar in 2011 while she was a gymnast at Central Michigan University.

Nassar was already sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography December 7. The most prominent critic was Lynn Raisman, the mother of former Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who was among those who spoke this week at Nassar's sentencing.

"I can root for Miles Bridges, if I want", Miller said, "and still hold you, MSU, accountable". More than 130 women have filed civil lawsuits against him alleging abuse.

Monday's first speaker, Bailey Lorencen, focused her ire on John Geddert, the head coach of 2012 gold-medal Olympic team and a prominent coach in the USA Gymnastics system.

Emma Ann Miller was the 95th victim to give a statement. Under a plea deal, he faces a minimum prison sentence of 25 to 40 years in the molestation case.

She suggested that Nassar use an opportunity to speak at the end of the hearing to detail all of the people who could or should have stopped him during the last several decades. "We're aware that some knew, but there are likely many more opportunities these individuals had to stop you".

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