Governor Abbott orders Texas Rangers to investigate Karolyi Ranch

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The Texas governor also commended the Walker County Sheriff's Office for their diligence in an ongoing probe into the Karolyi Ranch sexual abuse allegations, although he added that the Texas Rangers will bring top-notch investigative muscle and expertise to the multi-state case.

Abbott noted that the Walker County Sheriff's Office has already been investigating allegations of abuse at the ranch.

The governor called the public statements made by athletes who previously trained at the Karolyi Ranch "gut-wrenching".

The governor of Texas is calling for an investigation into allegations of sexual assault at the ranch where USA Gymnastics had a training facility.

"After almost four decades of spiriting young gymnasts towards greatness in sport, our yearly tradition of the Karolyi's Gymnastics Camp has come to an end".

The facility has been used for regular training camps but USA Gymnastics said earlier this month it had cancelled training sessions and was exploring alternative sites until a permanent location is found.

During last week's marathon sentencing hearing for Nassar in MI, several athletes, claimed they were molested by Nassar at the former national training center for USA Gymnastics in Huntsville. Several gymnasts have said Nassar abused them at the ranch.

Bela Karolyi burst onto the global gymnastic scene as the coach of 1976 Olympic champion Nadia Comaneci. The women have said they were abused by Dr. Nassar under the guise of medical treatment, both at the ranch, in Walker County, Tex., and at Michigan State University, where he was a member of the staff.

Last week, a MI judge sentenced Nassar to up to 175 years in prison for multiple sexual assault convictions.

Former national champion Mattie Larson said she tried to fake an injury - knocking her head into the tub in hopes of giving the appearance of a concussion - to avoid a trip to the Karolyi Ranch during her career because of the abusive environment there.

Two weeks ago, Olympic gold medal-winner Simone Biles posted on Twitter, "It breaks my heart even more to think that as I work toward my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused".