Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday requested the Texas Rangers investigate allegations of sexual assault at the Karolyi Ranch, the former U.S. Olympic training facility were several gymnasts have claimed disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar abused them.
In a letter to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, Abbott described the claims of sexual abuse at Karolyi Ranch as “shocking” and “gut-wrenching.”
“Those athletes, as well as all Texans, deserve to know that no stone is left unturned to ensure that the allegations are thoroughly vetted and the perpetrators and enablers of any such misconduct are brought to justice,” he said.
“The people of Texas demand, and the victims deserve, nothing less.”
The governor’s call for further investigative efforts come amid a Walker County Sheriff Department probe into the ranch outside of Huntsville — owned by former national team coordinators Bela and Martha Karolyi.
The sheriff’s office confirmed last week that it opened an investigation into the scandal-plagued facility, but declined to offer specific details.
The Karolyi Ranch in a recent message posted to its website announced the training facility had permanently been closed.
“After nearly four decades of spiriting young gymnasts towards greatness in our sport, our yearly tradition of the Karolyi’s Gymnastics Camp has come to an end,” the message read. “Bela, Martha, and the rest of the camp staff wish to sincerely thank all participants, USA Gymnastics, and everyone who has been a part of our extended family for 35 years of unforgettable memories.”
Court react to Larry Nassar’s 175-year sentence
In the days after Nassar was handed up to 175 years in prison for abusing athletes in the Lansing, Michigan area, USA Gymnastics announced Karoyli ranch would no longer serve as its training facility.
During Nassar’s seven-day sentencing hearing earlier this month, more than 100 gymnasts testified to years of abuse at the hands of the former Michigan State University doctor, some of them alleging it occurred at the ranch.