Gymnastics trainer who worked with Larry Nassar arrested at Texas airport

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Debra Van Horn, a former trainer who worked with 55-year-old disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician Larry Nassar at the Károlyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas, was detained Thursday by Homeland Security officials at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas after she arrived on a flight from China.

Van Horn, 63, was charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child stemming from Károlyi Ranch investigation conducted by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers back in June. She reportedly returned to the United States to answer these accusations.

Here is what Van Horn’s lawyer, Emily DeToto, had to say about the matter, according to Fox News.

“Ms. Van Horn is returning to the United States to answer these false accusations and clear her impeccable name and reputation. Ms. Van Horn is charged as a ‘party, under the law of parties.’ That’s just a fancy way of saying, ‘guilt by association.’”

Nassar, meanwhile, is set to spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison back in December on three child pornography charges by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff.

Nassar was serving this prison sentence at United States Penitentiary, Tucson, a maximum-security federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, before his lawyers revealed that he was physically assaulted within hours of his release into the general population of the prison.

Weeks later, Nassar was transferred to the Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and he was recently transferred to United States Penitentiary, Coleman II.

United States Penitentiary, Coleman II is a high-security federal prison for male inmates that is a part of the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Coleman) and is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. It is located in central Florida roughly 50 miles northwest of Orlando, 60 miles northeast of Tampa and 35 miles south of Ocala.

In January, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Nassar to between 40 and 175 years in state prison on seven sexual assault charges following a seven-day sentencing hearing in Ingham County, Michigan during which 169 victim impact statements were delivered in front of Nassar in court.

Of those 169 victim impact statements, 156 were delivered by people who have accused Nassar of sexual assault and the other 13 were delivered on the behalves of those who have accused him of sexual assault.

In February, Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced Nassar between an additional 40 and 125 more years in state prison on three more sexual assault charges following a three-day sentencing hearing in Eaton County, Michigan during which 65 victim impact statements were delivered in front of Nassar in court.

The father of three of Nassar’s accusers attempted to attack Nassar in court during this sentencing hearing.

In June, Nassar was charged with six counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child in stemming from the Károlyi Ranch investigation in Texas, but he was not issued any additional prison time as a result of these charges.

Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 330 individuals, many of whom female gymnasts, under the guise of medical treatment for more than two decades.

Among those who have accused Nassar of sexual assault are Olympic champion gymnasts Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Madison KocianMcKayla MaroneyAly RaismanKyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber.

 

-Asher Fair

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