FILE - In this June 29, 2012, file photo, Bela Karolyi, left, and his wife, Martha Karolyi, talk on the arena floor before the start of the preliminary round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif. Investigators in Texas on Friday, June 29, 2018, are expected to address allegations of criminal behavior by disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar at the famed gymnastics training center in Texas that was run by the Karolyis. The facility has since closed and Nassar has been imprisoned for life. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Texas officials to address claims of abuse at Karolyi ranch

June 29, 2018 - 3:04 pm

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — 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.

The Karolyis have denied knowledge of any mistreatment.

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