The University of Michigan has hired the USA Gymnastics Senior Vice President thought to have been the first authority figure notified of serial pedophile Larry Nassar’s abusive conduct.
Rhonda Faehn got the job in Ann Arbor despite being cut from the national gymnastics program after sex abuse victim and Olympic silver medalist Aly Raisman questioned her handling of the situation.
“I reported my abuse to Rhonda Faehn and so did (gymnast) Maggie Nichols, and I don’t know what she did or didn’t do with that information, but I didn’t get contacted by the FBI for over a year, and in that time 50 to 100 gymnasts were molested,” Raisman told IndyStar.com in May.
“This is my frustration … she’s still working there, and we need to understand what she did or didn’t do, because her and Steve Penny were fully aware of what’s going on. I mean, she’s still there.”
Upon announcing their hiring of Faehn, the University of Michigan put out a press release claiming it had done “exhaustive due diligence” before hiring their new coach and concluded she acted appropriately.
The university also notes that the FBI and USA Gymnastics have investigated Faehn and she’s been charged with nothing.