Steve Penny, the former president of USA Gymnastics, who resigned in March because of the scandal involving Dr. Lawrence Nassar, who was convicted of abusing scores of young women, was arrested in his Tennessee cabin. Mr. Penny was indicted for allegedly removing evidence relating to the abuse of the young women gymnasts.
In addition, there are allegations that Mr. Penny offered a security job to an FBI agent while the Nassar case was under investigation. Mr. Penny’s lawyer says that Mr. Penny assumed that the case was with another FBI office when he offered the job to the agent. The agent had been working on the Nassar investigation.
Mr. Penny waited for five weeks upon learning of Dr. Nassar’s abuse to report it to the FBI. He resigned after he learned that 50 young women were molested by Dr. Nassar during that delay.
Mr. Penny has taken the Fifth in testimony before Congress. E-mails note din the indictment reflect Mr. Penny’s concerns about the harm to USA Gymnastics and whether it was possible to contain it.
Between Penn State, Ohio State, and now Michigan State (home base for Dr. Nassar), there is a pattern here. When you find out about untoward behavior and/or crimes: take your pain, get the information to those who can and will take action, and do not squirrel away documents.