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Ex-USA Gymnastics Chief Arrested On Evidence Tampering Charges

If convicted, Steve Penny could face two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

If convicted, Steve Penny could face two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

According to reports by The New York Times, former president and chief executive of U.S.A. Gymnastics, Steve Penny, was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of evidence tampering in a Texas investigation involving former doctor for the national gymnastics team, Lawrence G. Nassar.   

The New York Times on Twitter

Steve Penny, the former chief of USA Gymnastics, was arrested on a felony charge of evidence tampering in an investigation into sexual abuse by Larry Nassar https://t.co/ZEVJw0XdNB

As you can remember, Nassar, was accused of abusing hundreds of girls and women and was sentenced 40 to 175 years in prison. Many of Nassar’s victims on the national team reported being assaulted during visits to the ranch’s training center which is what tipped the Texas Rangers and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office to start their own inquiry.


Nefertiti Jáquez on Twitter

BREAKING: Sources tell me, Former USA Gymnastics President Stephen D. Penny was arrested in Gatlinburg, Tennessee by a team of Deputy U.S. Marshals and Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force Officers. Stay with @wsbtv for more.


A grand jury in Walker County, Tex., indicted Penny on Sept.28 on allegations that he ordered the removal of documents from a national team training center in the county after learning that an investigation had begun into Nassar’s behavior at the site.

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If convicted, Penny could face two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, according to a statement from the district attorney’s office in Walker County.

Former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny arrested for alleged evidence tampering

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The gymnastics federation has had two chief executives since Penny resigned back in March of 2017. The latest replacement, Mary Bono recently resigned after hold the job for less than a week.

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