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First Male Victim Files Suit in Nassar Case
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A male gymnast who alleges he was sexually abused by Larry Nassar after the former doctor left USA Gymnastics has become the first male victim to file suit against Nassar, USAG, Michigan State University and others in the worst sexual abuse case in sports history.

A male gymnast who alleges he was sexually abused by Larry Nassar after the former doctor left USA Gymnastics has become the first male victim to file suit against Nassar, USAG, Michigan State University and others in the worst sexual abuse case in sports history.

In one of six amended complaints filed Wednesday in federal court, Jacob Moore joined his elder sister Kamerin Moore as a plaintiff in the federal lawsuit Denhollander et al v Michigan State University et al. While delivering her victim impact statement at Nassar's first state sentencing hearing in January, Kamerin Moore, a former U.S. national team member, accused Nassar of also sexually assaulting her younger brother under the guise of medical treatment.

Moore's allegation is the first known instance of Nassar abusing a male; according to the Michigan Attorney General's Office, more than 300 people had come forward to file complaints against him as of early February. Nassar, who was stripped of his medical license in April 2017, has been sentenced to a combined 300 years in prison by three judges. He is currently serving a 60-year sentence in a maximum-security federal prison in Tucson on child pornography charges.

According to the complaint, Jacob Moore sought treatment from Nassar for shoulder pain in April 2016, when he was still 15. The lawsuit alleges that the doctor administered acupuncture to the teenager's "pubic area and in and around his genitalia ostensibly for the purpose of treating his shoulder pain."

The lawsuit also alleges that Nassar pulled down Moore's pants and exposed him to a minor female gymnast, who was also present at the time. Nassar "discussed the fact that he was exposing Plaintiff Jacob Moore to the minor female gymnast with the minor gymnast."

When Kamerin Moore spoke at the sentencing hearing, she described her brother suffering shock and emotional distress after only recently realizing there was no legitimate medical benefit to what Nassar had inflicted upon him. Her brother, she said, had scoured the Internet in vain in the hope that there was a real medical link between the pubic region and shoulder that would have justified any use of acupuncture to reduce shoulder pain.

Jacob Moore, who turns 19 on May 29, was a member of the U.S. men's junior national team from 2015-17. He is now a freshman at the University of Michigan and member of the Wolverines gymnastics team.

The assault on Moore occurred approximately 10 months after USA Gymnastics was alerted that Nassar had sexually assaulted Maggie Nichols; Nichols and her coach, Sarah Jantzi, reported him to USA Gymnastics in June 2015. USA Gymnastics now denies that Nichols or her coach ever reported she was sexually assaulted in June 2015 and now claim she only complained she was "uncomfortable" by Nassar's treatment.

USA Gymnastics claimed it reported Larry Nassar to the FBI in July 2015. Nassar announced publicly he was retiring from USA Gymnastics in September 2015. However, he continued practicing medicine for a year. He was suspended from his job by Michigan State University on August 30, 2016, one day after Rachael Denhollander reported to the MSU Police that he had sexually assaulted her in 2000, when she was a teenaged gymnast, while claiming he was performing a valid osteopathic procedure to treat her back pain. On September 12, The Indianapolis Star printed Denhollander's account of sexual assault, the news that a 2000 Olympian (since identified as Jamie Dantzscher) had filed a civil suit in California alleging assault by the former USA Gymnastics team doctor and that a third gymnast had contacted the newspaper to share a similar story of assault. The number of women reporting they had endured the same soon reached double digits, and Nassar was fired from Michigan State University on September 20, 2016.

Now a lawyer, Denhollander was the first to file a federal lawsuit against Nassar and Michigan State University in January 2017 and has since been joined by more 150 other plaintiffs. There are multiple lawsuits linked together, with some plaintiffs suing different defendants.

Nassar has defaulted in the civil suits by failing to mount a defense, but the other defendants have filed motions to dismiss. In addition to Nassar, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, the defendants include the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, multiple individuals at MSU, the Twistars USA club and its former owner, 2012 U.S. Olympic head coach John Geddert. Geddert, who announced his retirement from coaching last month after being suspended by USA Gymnastics, has been accused of ignoring reporting reports of Nassar's abuse since 1998 and even making a joke about it after allegedly witnessing Nassar sexually assaulting a minor.

The lawsuits list dozens of charges against the various defendants related to violation of civil rights, negligence and fraud. On Wednesday, the second amended complaint brought by Katherine Payne, Maureen Baum, Katherine Rasmussen, Melissa Imrie, Jane G2 Doe, and Jane G3 Doe accuse USA Gymnastics, Twistars, Geddert and Nassar of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO (18 United States Code §1964). The lawsuit alleges that through their actions, the defendants essentially formed an enterprise for mutual financial benefit and "engaged in racketeering activity to wit sex trafficking of children by fraud."

According to the complaint, "The purpose of the Enterprise in part was to create a system by which Defendant Nassar was enabled to engage in commercial sex acts with young gymnasts through a fraudulent representation that he was engaged in legitimate medical treatment. The Enterprise engaged in fraud by either knowingly or with reckless disregard of the truth, affirmatively representing to gymnasts and the public at large that Defendant Nassar was a competent and ethical physician."

The amended complaints include more than a dozen new plaintiffs, some of whom were members of the U.S. junior and senior national teams. Jane A93 Doe is a current member of the national team.

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