DALLAS – Steve Penny, former President of USA Gymnastics, was arrested while on a family vacation in Tennessee. He was unaware that a Texas Grand Jury had indicted him for allegedly manipulating the detained gymnastics investigation investigator Larry Nassar (19659002) Former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny was arrested on Wednesday after a Texas Grand Jury arrested him had accused of manipulating evidence in the sexual assault investigations of imprisoned gymnast Larry Nassar.
Walker County Procuratorate says Penny was arrested Wednesday by a fleeing task force after the Sept. 28 indictment. Penny's lawyer, Edith Matthai, said in a statement that her client was arrested at a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, while he was with his wife and three children.
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Matthai said the authorities had made no attempt before the arrest, Penny to Texas to order.
"If Mr. Penny had any idea of being wanted in Texas, it would have been properly handled by a lawyer without frightening his family," she wrote in the statement.
The lawyer added that Penny is "confident that if all the facts are known, it is shown that he has done nothing wrong."
The indictment alleges that Penny's removal of documents from the Károlyi Ranch near Huntsville, which related to Nassar's activities there. It claims that Penny acted after learning that the Texas Rangers and Walker County authorities were investigating the ranch administered by USA Turneys.
The documents were handed over to Penny at US Gymnastics Headquarters in Indianapolis, according to the indictment. The authorities have not found her again.
Investigators do not know if the documents were destroyed, Walker County attorney Stephanie Stroud said Thursday. She declined to comment on the nature of the documents.
More than 250 women and girls say Nassar, who worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, sexually abused her on the pretext of medical treatment. He is now sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing women and girls and having child pornography.
In June, Nassar was charged with sexually assaulting six minors in Walker County.
A former sports physician, Debra Van Horn, was also charged in Walker County with a second-degree sexual assault charge. Prosecutors said Van Horn was charged with "acting" with Nassar.
Many other people were criminally charged, fired or forced by their jobs during investigations in Nassar.
USA Gymnastics said in a statement that it has "fully cooperated" with Congressional investigations and Texas. The organization said it would continue to do so "to help the survivors and our community heal from this tragedy."
Angela Povilaitis, a former deputy attorney general who led the case against Nassar in the state, wrote on Twitter that Penny's arrest was "long-awaited and welcomed news" for victims.
"Steve Penny put money and medals on child protection," she wrote. "When he had the opportunity, he did not do the right thing."