Former US Olympics coach John Geddert kills himself following announcement of felony charges

Local authorities confirm former coach’s death

John Gerald Geddert (WDIV)

GRAND LEDGE, Mich. – Police have confirmed John Geddert, the former U.S. Olympics coach and former owner of Twistars Gymnastics, killed himself Thursday at a rest stop in Grand Ledge.

He was 63 years old.

According to the Michigan State Police, Geddert’s body was found at a rest area on eastbound I-96 just after 3:20 p.m.

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Prosecutors filed charges earlier that day in Eaton County against Geddert.

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The former U.S. Olympics coach had ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison -- 40-125 years in Eaton County prison and 40-175 years in Ingham County prison -- after more than 150 victims came forward accusing him of sexual assault.

The following felony charges were filed against Geddert:

  • 14 charges of human trafficking -- forced labor resulting in injury
  • Six charges of human trafficking of a minor for forced labor
  • One count of criminal enterprises -- racketeering proceeds
  • One count first degree criminal sexual conduct
  • One county second degree criminal sexual conduct
  • One count lying to a peace officer during a violent crime investigation

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called Geddert’s death “a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved.”

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