Lawsuit against USA Gymnastics to move forward in Effingham Co.

Lawsuit against USA Gymnastics to move forward in Effingham Co.

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - There are new developments in the case of a local gymnast and her sexual abuse lawsuit against USA Gymnastics.

This week, the Georgia Court of Appeals upheld a state court ruling that the case against USAG should go to trial. USA Gymnastics' contention was that the Olympic organization has no obligation to protect the young athletes it coaches. So, the suit is not legitimate.

That means the case, started five years ago by local attorneys Jeff Lasky and Brian Cornwell, will move forward.

The lawsuit involves the activities of USAG sanctioned coach, Bill McCabe at Savannah Metro Gymnastics. McCabe is serving 30 years for his conviction on child sex crimes.

But it is the policy of USA Gymnastics, the governing body overseeing all Olympic gymnastics hopefuls, that is in question. The policy stated for decades that all reports of sexual abuse of young athletes were to be handle inside the organization and never reported to law enforcement.

As of Wednesday, that case will now move toward a trial as early as this summer.  The results could radically change the way all youth sports organizations deal with sexual misconduct.

In the meantime, USAG has forced the resignation of its president and more than a dozen U.S. Senators have sponsored legislation that would criminalize the decision not to report sexual abuse.

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