The former president of the American Gymnastics Federation, Steve Penny, was arrested Wednesday for falsifying and destroying evidence in the Nassar case, the doctor convicted of sexual abuse at least 156 children and young women. Penny was arrested in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and will be extradited to Texas, where he is accused of hiding information about the activities of Larry Nassar, a former US women's medical practitioner, who is serving a sentence of 40 to 175 years for sexual abuse and 60 years for child pornography.
During the police investigation, several sources accused Penny of ordering the destruction of documents that were stored in the Karolyi ranch.till 2017 the main training center of the Federation of Gymnastics of the USA, when he learned that Larry Nassar had been prosecuted, explained Walker district attorney David Weeks.
The Karolyi ranch is named after the couple of Romanian coaches who promoted the American gymnastics. In that center, located near Houston, several gymnasts were sexually assaulted by Nassar, including the medalist Simone Biles.
Penny led the federation from 2005 to 2017. Several gymnasts accused him of not taking into account the overwhelming testimonies against Nassar. The scandal of sexual abuse continues to weigh heavily in American gymnastics. Mary Bono resigned on Tuesday to the position of interim director four days after her appointment after being criticized by several victims of Nassar.