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Amid delayed Larry Nassar sex abuse probe, FBI agent sought Olympics job, inspector general says

Amid delayed Larry Nassar sex abuse probe, FBI agent sought Olympics job, inspector general says

In a Department of Justice Inspector General record blasting the FBI’s going by of sexual abuse allegations against longtime USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, unheard of of the criticism landed at the toes of historical FBI Indianapolis Particular Agent in Payment W. Jay Abbott.

The record concluded that he made fallacious statements to investigators and “violated FBI policy and exercised extraordinarily unlucky judgment below federal ethics suggestions.”

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The record furthermore came across that Abbott inquired about a doable job replace with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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Who is W. Jay Abbott? 

Abbott retired from the FBI in January 2018.

Abbott spent 30 years with the agency, per a info free up asserting his retirement. He used to be named particular agent responsible to the Indianapolis self-discipline workplace on July 8, 2014. As the actual agent responsible, Abbott used to be the very most tasty-rating dependable within the Indianapolis self-discipline workplace.

Sooner than Indianapolis, Abbott served as the acting particular agent responsible of the FBI’s Seattle workplace. He started his profession with the FBI in 1987 at the Washington self-discipline workplace, the put he worked “a diversity of foreign counterintelligence and world terrorism matters.” He used to be furthermore a portion of the FBI’s first Frigid Case Murder Job Drive, per the retirement free up.

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What’s W. Jay Abbott accused of within the going by of the Nassar case?

The record came across Abbott lied referring to the Indianapolis self-discipline workplace’s going by of the Nassar allegations. In response to the record, Abbott claimed to accept as true with communicated with the FBI Detroit and Los Angeles self-discipline locations of work referring to the allegations, but each locations of work denied any such conversations.

“… even after being told that his testimony used to be inconsistent with the testimony of different witnesses and the guidelines we reviewed, Abbott persevered to remark that his recollection used to be correct and denied that there used to be any motive he would accept as true with a imperfect memory.”

The record furthermore came across Abbott violated FBI policy when he communicated with then-USA Gymnastics President Stephen Penny Jr. about a doable job replace with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

“Abbott communicated with Penny referring to the ability job replace whereas the 2 persevered to discuss referring to the allegations against Nassar and whereas Abbott took an active arrangement in conversations referring to the FBI’s public statements referring to USA Gymnastics’ going by of those allegations,” the record reads.

The Inspector General investigation came across Abbott and Penny met at a bar within the fall of 2015 to discuss referring to the job replace even as the Nassar investigation used to be pending. 

“These discussions included Penny expressing hassle to Abbott about how USA Gymnastics used to be being portrayed within the media and whether Penny will likely be ‘in anguish’ and Abbott proposing to his colleagues an FBI public commentary that may space USA Gymnastics in a undeniable light. On the an analogous time, Abbott used to be aware that Penny regarded willing to place in an correct word on Abbott’s behalf.”

Abbott utilized for the space in 2017 but used to be no longer interviewed or hired. Abbott denied applying for the job no topic evidence on the contrary, per the Inspector General’s record. 

IndyStar attempts to attain Abbott on Wednesday accept as true with been unsuccessful, but a laws agency representing him issued a commentary: “Mr. Abbott has obtained and reviewed a reproduction of the record. Mr. Abbott thanks the laws enforcement officers and prosecutors who brought Larry Nassar to justice. Mr. Abbott hopes the fearless victims of Nassar’s nasty crime get peace.”

Contact IndyStar reporter Elizabeth DePompei at edepompei@indystar.com. Put collectively her on Twitter: @edepompei.

Amid delayed Larry Nassar sex abuse probe, FBI agent sought Olympics job, inspector general says