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Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and other gymnasts have called to prosecute the FBI agents who oversaw an investigation into former U.S.A. Gymnastics team doctor and convicted pedophile Larry Nassar.

Gymnasts accused FBI agents of dragging their feet on the investigation, during which time Nassar remained the team doctor. Nassar pleaded guilty on November 22, 2017 to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving girls age 15 and under, along with an additional three counts with girls age 16 and under on November 29, 2017. Earlier that year, Nasser pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

McKayla Maroney, who has accused Nassar of molesting her from age 13 up until her retirement from gymnastics in 2016, alleged that the FBI and U.S.A. Gymnastics tried to “cover up” the accusations against Nassar.

Maroney: “The @TheJusticeDept refused to prosecute these individuals. Why? Deputy Attorney General @LisaMonaco couldn’t even bring herself to be here today … Why are public servants whose job it is to protect getting away with this? This is not justice. Enough is enough.” pic.twitter.com/8PSvnj9MXL

— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 15, 2021

“The truth is, my abuse was enough and they wanted to cover it up. USA Gymnastics in concert with the FBI and the Olympic Committee were working together to conceal that Larry Nassar was a predator,” Maroney told senators at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

“These individuals clearly violated policies and were negligent in executing their duties, and in doing so, more girls were abused by Larry Nassar for over a year,” Maroney told senators. “To not indict these agents is a disservice to me and my teammates, a disservice to the system which is built to protect all of us from abuse.”

Simone Biles blamed the FBI and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for failing to address the allegations against Nassar.

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