Michigan Attorney General Now Probing Gymnastics Doc Larry Nassar

Larry Nassar
In a July 15, 2008 photo, Dr. Larry Nassar works on the computer after seeing a patient in Michigan.Becky Shink / Lansing State Journal via AP

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By Tracy Connor

Michigan's attorney general is now looking into sexual abuse allegations against gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar because the case has crossed into several jurisdictions and possibly state lines, officials announced Thursday.

Nassar worked with USA Gymnastics for two decades and treated many of America's Olympians — including a medalist who has sued him, alleging he repeatedly molested her under the guise of invasive exams and procedures.

Police at Michigan State University, where Nassar had his sports medicine practice until he was fired last month, have received at least two dozen complaints from former patients in the last month and were expected to turn the case over to local prosecutors.

But Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a statement that the widening scope of the probe means his office is in "the best position to effectively investigate and prosecute this case."

Meanwhile, Michigan State Police are reopening a 2014 complaint against Nassar, which was investigated and turned over to prosecutors, who declined to file charges, a university spokesman confirmed Thursday.

As NBC News reported last week, the FBI is also involved in the investigation. USA Gymnastics said it reported Nassar to the FBI in response to unspecified "athlete concerns" last year before it severed ties with him.

Nassar has not been charged with a crime, and his attorneys say all his procedures were medically appropriate.