Governor Abbott orders investigation into sexual abuse allegations at Karolyi Ranch

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has requested the Texas Rangers launch an investigation into the allegations of sexual assault of athletes at the Karolyi Ranch in Walker County.

The Karolyi ranch previously served as the National Training Center for U.S.A. Gymnastics, but in the last few months, several athletes have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse while training at the facility.  

"The public statements made by athletes who previously trained at the Karolyi Ranch are gut-wrenching," stated Abbott in a press release. "Those athletes, as well as all Texans, deserve to know that no stone is left unturned to ensure that the allegations are thoroughly vetted and the perpetrators and enablers of any such misconduct are brought to justice. The people of Texas demand, and the victims deserve, nothing less."

Governor Abbott "commends the Walker County Sheriff’s Office for its diligence in their ongoing investigation. He stated that because criminal action has been implicated across multiple jurisdictions and states, it is essential that the Texas Rangers work with the Walker County Sheriff Office to comprehensively investigate all potential criminal conduct.