3 board members at USA Gymnastics quit amid Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal

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The USA Gymnastics chairman and vice chairman have resigned following days of public criticism by women who have accused disgraced doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault. (KABC)

The USA Gymnastics chairman and vice chairman have resigned following days of public criticism by women who have accused disgraced doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault.

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In a Michigan courtroom, victims delivered emotional statements about sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.


President and CEO Kerry Perry said in a tweet, "We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization."



USA Gym Board of Directors executive leadership: Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley formally offered their resignations, effective Jan. 21.

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The board of directors will identify an interim chairperson until a permanent selection is named.

The announcement comes while Nassar victims spoke for a fifth day at a Michigan court hearing. Nassar has sat in the witness chair as nearly 100 victim statements have been given by women and girls who say he sexually assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment.

Nassar admitted to molesting athletes during treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

He is expected to be sentenced this week.

Former President Steve Penny quit last March after critics said the organization failed to protect gymnasts from abusive coaches and Nassar.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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