HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Disgraced ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar and a former colleague on the Team USA medical staff were charged with sexual assault Friday following an investigation involving the former training center for national team gymnasts.
A Walker County, Texas, grand jury indicted Nassar on six counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child, First Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Stroud announced during a news conference.
Debbie Van Horn, a longtime athletic trainer for Team USA, was charged with one count, Stroud said.
The charges stem from an investigation at the famed gymnastics training center run by Bela and Martha Karolyi.
Last month, five former gymnasts implored authorities to determine whether the Karolyis could have prevented abuse at their since-closed gymnastics ranch, just north of Houston. Two of those gymnasts said Nassar abused them at the ranch and several other national team gymnasts have made similar allegations.
"We have no corroborated evidence of criminal action by the Karolyis," Stroud said when reached Friday by ESPN.
Stroud said that the Karolyis have been cooperative during the investigation.
But, she added, "It's our belief that there was a total failure by [USA Gymnastics] to protect athletes."
Van Horn and Nassar worked side-by-side treating national team gymnasts for nearly 30 years.
In a September 2015 Facebook post announcing his retirement as Team USA's national medical coordinator, Nassar praised Van Horn, who was already part of the athletic training staff when Nassar first served as a volunteer during the 1988 Olympic trials.
"Debbie is amazing," Nassar wrote at the time. "No one has done as much medically for the national team as Debbie," he added.
During a victim-impact statement at Nassar's January 2018 sentencing hearing in Michigan, former national team member Mattie Larson said Van Horn was in the room "many of the times" that Nassar abused Larson.
"If a trainer, a professional trainer doesn't say anything about it, I should trust her. At least that's what I thought," Larson said.
Van Horn either resigned or was dismissed by USA Gymnastics in January. Her departure came with no formal announcement from the organization.
It was Larson's October 2016 lawsuit that first brought into focus not only the sexual abuse that occurred at the Karolyi ranch but also the culture of fear and intimidation that, she alleged, gymnasts trained under on a daily basis.
National team gymnasts were not allowed to have their parents with them at the ranch and many of them have said Nassar sexually abused them in their cabins, where he has access to them, alone, as the team's medical director.
"It is impossibly difficult to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused," Team USA member Simone Biles wrote in January 2018, when she first revealed her abuse by Nassar.
A short time after Biles released that statement on social media, USA Gymnastics announced plans to sever its relationship with the Karolyi ranch as the National Team Training Center.
Nassar is serving what amounts to a life sentence in prison for sexual assault and possession of child pornography in Michigan, where hundreds of women and girls accused him of sexually abusing them under the guise of medical treatment, including while he worked for USA Gymnastics, the sport's governing body, and Michigan State University, his former full-time employer.
Texas' governor ordered an investigation into what he called "gut-wrenching" allegations after the gymnasts came forward in Texas. The Texas Rangers are leading the Texas investigation, which also includes Walker County prosecutors and sheriff's officials.
The Karolyis have denied knowledge of any sexual abuse of gymnasts at their ranch.
Information from ESPN's John Barr and the Associated Press was used in this report.
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