DOJ declines to prosecute FBI agents who mishandled Larry Nassar case

The DOJ said that while misconduct likely occurred, it is not enough to file criminal charges

Updated: May 26, 2022 - 9:05pm

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The Department of Justice on Thursday announced it will not bring charges against the former FBI agents who botched the investigation into former U.S. women's national gymnastics team Dr. Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to prison in 2018 for the sexual assault of some of America's top gymnasts.

The DOJ Inspector General wrote that while the two former officials likely provided "inaccurate or incomplete information," more is required to file criminal charges, The Associated Press reported. 

The FBI fired one agent while the other retired.

"This does not in any way reflect a view that the investigation of Nassar was handled as it should have been, nor in any way reflects approval or disregard of the conduct of the former agents," the DOJ noted.

FBI Director Christopher Wray apologized to Nassar's victims for the agents' actions during a 2021 Senate hearing.

Thirteen victims of sexual assault by Nassar are currently seeking a $10 million settlement each, totaling $130 million, from the FBI over the agents' handling of the investigation.