Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, which guides children from the neighborhood gym to the Olympics, routinely failed to notify law enforcement officials about allegations of sexual abuse by its coaches, according to an investigation by The Indianapolis Star.
The report raised the possibility that the organization’s reliance on firsthand accusations — from either a gymnast or a parent — before alerting the authorities violated laws requiring people to report suspected abuse.
In one case cited in the report, William McCabe, a coach in Georgia, continued to work with athletes for six years after the organization dismissed the first of four complaints about him in 1998.
The organization received a complaint about Marvin Sharp, the 2010 national Women’s Coach of the Year, in 2011, but officials did not report him to the authorities until four years later, when they got another complaint, The Star reported.
He is serving eight years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of child molestation.