Larry Nassar victims seek $130M in claims, accuse FBI of turning ‘blind eye’ to abuse allegations

All the agents involved in the Nassar investigation elected to “turn a blind eye” to the sexual abuse perpetrated on children by Nassar, accusing them of “negligence” and “wrongful acts” during the investigation, according to administrative tort claims seeking $10 million for each victim.

The filing targets the FBI Indianapolis and Los Angeles field offices specifically for failing to act properly on sexual abuse allegations against Nassar, the former Olympic doctor who sexually abused girls for decades.

The FBI didn’t immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

By law, the victims must file the administrative claims with the government agency before they can file a civil lawsuit. The agency has six months to respond and potentially settle with the claimants before they can opt to file a lawsuit.

The claims are based largely on the findings of a scathing Inspector General’s report released last July, disclosing in part that senior officials in the FBI Indianapolis field office failed to respond to the Nassar allegations, made numerous and fundamental errors when they did respond and violated multiple FBI policies when undertaking their investigative activity.
FBI's Larry Nassar investigation failure is another black eye for the agency

Nassar, the former longtime doctor for the USA Gymnastics team and Michigan State University, is serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison on child pornography charges.

He also was sentenced to a 40-to-175 year state prison sentence in Michigan after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Last month Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Jerry Moran in a letter called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to conduct a comprehensive review of all information related to Nassar, noting “to date there has been little to no action taken to hold those at DOJ, who should have protected Nassar’s victims, accountable.”

In September, Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Simone Biles in Senate testimony ripped the FBI and the Justice Department for how the agency mishandled abuse allegations and then made false statements in the fallout from the botched investigation.

Takeaways from the Senate hearing on the FBI's failures to investigate gymnasts' charges against Nassar

At the time, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified that he felt “heartsick and furious” once he learned the extent of the agency’s failures.

Still, Wray painted the botched investigation as the product of “individuals” who “betrayed the core duty that they have of protecting people,” rather than as being reflective of the agency as a whole.

Wray vowed to “make damn sure that everybody at the FBI remembers what happened here in heartbreaking detail.”

In December, USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee and their insurers agreed to pay $380 million in a settlement with the victims of Nassar.

CNN’s Ray Sanchez contributed to this story.

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