USA Gymnastics Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer resign over Larry Nassar scandal

Three board members of the USA Gymnastics board of directors have resigned in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

Nassar is accused of assaulting over 150 young women during the course of his work as a sports doctor, including several Olympic medal winning gymnasts.

Nassar has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for possession of child porn and is facing further charges of first-degree sexual misconduct.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning (local time), the USAG board of directors announced Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley had resigned effective from January 21.

In March 2017, Steve Penny, the former president of USAG, was forced to step down due to Nassar's crimes.

The governing body has faced criticisms for its perceived role in hiding Nassar's abuse of the athletes.

Victims of Nassar blame USAG for refusing to warn young gymnasts of Nassar's crimes and called the resignations a "public relations ploy".

"In speaking with some of our clients this morning, all of them wondered whether USAG will change the position they have taken in court that USAG had no duty to warn its member gymnasts even though they knew Larry Nassar was a molester," Attorney John Manly, who represents more than 100 Nassar victims, told the Huffington Post.

"Until that happens, this move is simply a public relations ploy to save a sinking ship of an organisation."

Aside from an initial statement, USAG refused to provide further comment to Huffington Post about the resignations.


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