Former US gymnastics coach John Geddert has committed suicide hours after sex abuse charges against him were announced, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement on Thursday.
Nessel's office earlier in the day said that Geddert is accused of having committed "at least one sexual assault and multiple incidents of physical abuse against dozens of his young female athletes". Over 260 women and girls asserted that they were assaulted by Geddert.
Before the accusations were announced, Geddert had agreed to surrender at a sheriff's office, but never showed up, according to Kelly Rossman-McKinney, a spokeswoman for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, cited by NBC.
He was charged with 14 counts of human trafficking, forced labor causing injury, six counts of human trafficking of a minor for forced labor, one count of continuing criminal enterprise, one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of lying to police during an investigation into violent crime.
In case of conviction the former coach would have faced a life sentence in prison.
Geddert led the US women's gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympic games in London, and, according to the Attorney General office, "promised to unsuspecting parents that he could turn his students into world-class athletes, allowing them to secure college scholarships."