A government watchdog is hammering FBI investigators who looked into accusations against disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
The Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report the FBI’s Indianapolis office failed to quickly address accusations of sexual abuse.
The watchdog argued they “failed to respond” to the accusations with “the utmost seriousness and urgency” required. More than 300 women and girls accused Nassar of sexual abuse, including Olympian Simone Biles.
The report also accuses the Indianapolis FBI office of numerous, fundamental errors once it did respond, including violations of multiple FBI policies. The report says the FBI failed to notify state and local authorities of sexual abuse, and, once the Nassar accusations became public, the inspector general says the FBI in Indianapolis did not take responsibility for their failures and provided incomplete and inaccurate information in an FBI internal investigation, trying to make it appear they had diligently worked on the case.
Nassar is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison. The FBI released a statement saying the missteps, in this case, are “inexcusable and a discredit to this organization.”
Rachael Denhollander, a lawyer who was the first woman to make a public accusation against Nassar, told WISH-TV this feels like it is too little too late.
“I don’t know what accountability there is going to be for these bad actors. Sovereign immunity laws mean that law enforcement can’t be held accountable for these dozens of little girls who were molested after they knew exactly what was going on. So, the accountability does not accompany the answers and that’s a problem we deal with continually. There is no accountability for bad actors in our law enforcement,” said Denhollander to WISH-TV.