- The FBI fired agent Michael Langeman last week, The Washington Post reported.
- Langemen spoke with one of Nassar’s accusers but didn’t file a report for 17 months, The Post said.
- A DOJ report released in July found the FBI made “numerous and fundamental errors” in Nassar’s case.
The FBI fired an agent who failed to pursue tips about alleged sexual abuse by the disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, The Washington Post reported.
Michael Langeman, a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s Indianapolis office, was fired last week, The Post said.
Nassar has been accused of abusing multiple women and girls, and was in January 2018 sentenced to up to 175 years in prison on sexual-assault charges. In a separate 2017 case, he was sentenced to 60 years in prison for child-pornography charges. He is currently in prison serving out his sentence.
The Justice Department inspector general said in a July report that the FBI had made serious errors in its Nassar investigation and didn’t treat it with the “utmost seriousness.”
According to the DOJ report, a FBI agent had interviewed the gymnast McKayla Maroney in 2015 about her claim that Nassar abused her, but didn’t act on her evidence and subsequently lied to DOJ investigators when he was alerted to the error.
The report also said that the agent failed to write up his report on Maroney’s interview until 17 months later.
The Post on Wednesday identified that FBI agent as Langeman.
When the DOJ report was released, Langeman was removed from the duties of an FBI agent, the step taken before firing an agent, The Post reported.
John Manly, a lawyer representing several of Nassar’s accusers, told The Post the firing was “long overdue.”
On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding an oversight hearing on the FBI’s “dereliction of duty” in the case.
Decorated Olympians including Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and Maroney are to testify before Congress on Wednesday, as are FBI Director Christopher Wray and DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz.