Former president of USA Gymnastics, Steve Penny, was arrested


The grand jury indicted him knowing he allegedly removed documents from the Karolyi Ranch, the U.S. gymnastics’ training facility in Huntsville, Texas, related to Nassar’s activity at the gym. Those documents have never been recovered. Those documents would have helped law enforcement investigate Nassar. Penny was taken into custody at a cabin in rural Gatlinburg, Tennessee, by the U.S. Marshals and Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force. He will now face the charges against him.

Moment when Penny was arrested

Penny resigned as USA Gymnastics president in March 2017. Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of child molestation, but more than 130 women and girls, including Olympic gold medalists accused him. He was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. Penny is one of at least three people arrested in connection with the handling of the Nassar scandal. Penny was booked into the Sevier County Jail and is currently awaiting extradition to Walker County. If convicted of the third-degree felony charge, he faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He had been USA Gymnastics president and chief executive officer for 12 years.


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