Texas Rangers probe facility the place Larry Nassar handled athletes

A sign points to Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly Texas

A sign points to Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly Texas

Amid local and national shock surrounding the Karolyi Ranch, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday directed the Texas Rangers to investigate the beleaguered facility and allegations of sexual assault on athletes.

As Dvora Meyers reported on Deadspin in May, USA Gymnastics brought Bela Karolyi out of retirement in late 1999 to fill the new role of national team coordinator, and grueling training camps at the ranch became part of the Olympic team selection process.

"The public statements made by athletes who previously trained at the Karolyi Ranch are gut-wrenching", Abbott said in a letter calling for an investigation by the Texas Rangers into the facility in Huntsville, about 70 miles (115 km) north of Houston. "The people of Texas demand, and the victims deserve, nothing less", he said.

Nassar, a former team doctor for USA Gymnastics, after more than 150 women accused him of sexually abusing them under the guise of medical treatment for more than two decades.

The Bela Karolyi's Camp posted on its website that it was ending its yearly camp after almost four decaes of "spiriting young gymnasts towards greatness in sport".

Last week, the Walker County Sheriff's Office confirmed to USA Today that it had opened an investigation into Karolyi Ranch but would not say what the inquiry was about or when it began.

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The investigation will be a joint effort between the Texas Rangers and the Walker County Sheriff's Office. He joined US Gymnastics 10 years prior while still at Michigan State University, which is also under heavy scrutiny after Nassar's crimes came to light.

Over the last few weeks and months, multiple athletes have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse while training at the Karolyi Ranch in Walker County.

"I was willing to physically hurt myself to get out of the abuse I was experiencing at the ranch", she said.

The U.S. Olympic Committee last Wednesday announced an independent investigation meant to determine how the sexual abuse from Nassar could have gone for as long as it did.

The training facility known for producing world-class gymnasts had been designated as the U.S. women's national gymnastics training center in 2001, and as a U.S. Olympics training site in 2011.

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