ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Rhonda Faehn was the first US Gymnastics officer. UU Who learned about Larry Nassar's abuse of athletes, was never charged with a crime.
The University of Michigan announced that Faehn had been hired as a gymnastics consultant and that the public protest was strong and fast. Just 24 hours after the announcement, the school announced that Faehn was out of work.
Faehn was Senior Vice President of USA Gymnastics and is believed to have been one of the first to learn of the sexual abuse of gymnasts by Nassar when he was the doctor of the national team of the organization.
Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting young athletes, including some girls under the age of 13. He admitted, in court, that he sexually assaulted the girls for his own pleasure and without medical reasons.
He was given a sentence of 40 to 175 years in Ingahm County and a sentence of 40 to 175 years in Eaton County. Nassar also received a federal sentence of 60 years for crimes of child pornography.
Faehn voluntarily testified before Congress that he had reported on Nassar's abuse to his boss and believed that his boss had acted on them. He was asked to resign his position last May.
Faehn had not been seen until last weekend at a gym meeting at the University of Michigan, and began to spread the word that he attended. This forced the school to officially announce its hiring on Saturday afternoon as a training consultant.
The outrage continued to rise, including a tweet from Nassar survivor Rachael Denhollander, who said it was Faehn's failure to report that led to further abuse.
Less than three hours later, Michigan dismissed her after only three days at work with a statement from Warde Manuel athletic director who reads in part:
"I came to the conclusion that this is not the best interest of the University of Michigan and our athletic program to continue the consulting contract with Rhonda Faehn, it was a wrong decision and I apologize. "
Some current and former members of the gymanstics team at the University of Michigan say they were eager to work with Faehn and were disappointed that she was fired so quickly.
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