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John Geddert dies by suicide hours after sexual assault, human trafficking charges

February 25, 2021
<p>Gymnastics: AT&amp;T American Cup: USA coach John Geddert during Women&#x27;s competition at Madison Square Garden.</p><p>New York, NY 3/3/2012</p><p>CREDIT: Al Tielemans (Photo by Al Tielemans /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)</p>

Gymnastics: AT&T American Cup: USA coach John Geddert during Women's competition at Madison Square Garden.

New York, NY 3/3/2012

CREDIT: Al Tielemans (Photo by Al Tielemans /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

Former U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics coach John Geddert died by suicide Thursday after being charged with 24 counts of human trafficking, forced labor, one count of first-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual assault, racketeering and lying to a police officer.

"My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. "This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved."

Michigan State Police said in a Tweet that Geddert’s body was found at a rest area on I-96 in Clinton County at 3:24 p.m. He was scheduled to be arraigned at 2:15 p.m.

Michigan State's Center for Survivors has services available and a crisis hotline that can be reached at (517) 372-6666. The State of Michigan sexual assault hotline is 855-864-2374 (1-855-voices4).

Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) provides emergency resources for students. CAPS can be reached at 517-355-8270 and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.

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