Texas of­fi­cials to ad­dress claims of abuse at ranch

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HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS » In­ves­ti­ga­tors in Texas are ex­pected to ad­dress al­le­ga­tions of crim­i­nal be­hav­ior by dis­graced for­mer sports doc­tor Larry Nas­sar at the famed gym­nas­tics train­ing cen­ter run by Bela and Martha Karolyi.

Five for­mer U.S. gym­nasts im­plored au­thor­i­ties last month to de­ter­mine whether the Karolyis could have pre­vented abuse at the cen­ter about an hour north of Hous­ton.

Two gym­nasts said Nas­sar abused them there. The gov­er­nor later or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into what he called “gut-wrench­ing” al­le­ga­tions.

The fa­cil­ity has since closed, and Nas­sar has been im­pris­oned for life.

The Texas Rangers are lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The agency will join Walker County pros­e­cu­tors and sher­iff’s of­fi­cials at a Fri­day news con­fer­ence to dis­cuss devel­op­ments.

The gym­nasts said Texas hadn’t ex­e­cuted search war­rants or se­cured in­dict­ments, even as some statutes of lim­i­ta­tion loomed.

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