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Larry Nassar enters the courtroom during the sentencing hearing in 2018. Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

A report released Wednesday by the Justice Department's inspector general criticizes the FBI's handling of its investigation into sex abuse allegations against former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar.

Why it matters: Nassar was sentenced in 2018 to 40–175 years in prison after more than 160 women — including Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman and Simone Biles — accused Nassar of sexual assault and harassment under the premise of medical treatment.

Driving the news: The watchdog opened an investigation into the FBI's handling of the case in 2018 following reports that the bureau received complaints regarding Nassar's conduct in 2015 which went "largely unexplored" for more than a year, per the Wall Street Journal.

  • "At least 40 girls and women said they were molested over a 14-month period while the FBI was aware of other sexual abuse allegations involving Nassar," AP reports.

The big picture: The report "highlights major missteps" in how the FBI handled the case between the time the first allegations were reported and Nassar's arrest, per AP.

  • The report found that "despite the extraordinarily serious nature of the allegations and the possibility that Nassar’s conduct could be continuing," senior FBI officials did not respond to the allegations with the "utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required."
  • FBI officials also made "numerous and fundamental errors when they did respond to them, and violated multiple FBI policies," the report adds.

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Texas Observer: Medical boards allowed abusive doctors to treat patients

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A Texas doctor accused of inappropriately touching 17 female patients had then been told by a medical board to only treat men before being reported for assault by a male patient, an investigation by the Texas Observer found.

Why it matters: Medical boards that oversee doctors across the U.S. have used this loophole of curbing the types of patients predatory doctors are allowed to see rather than revoking their licenses, experts in the report said.

U.S. Soccer hires Sally Yates to investigate NWSL sexual abuse reports

Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates in the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates will lead an investigation into "allegations of abusive behavior and sexual misconduct in women's professional soccer," effective "immediately," the sport's U.S. governing body announced Sunday.

Of note: The National Women’s Soccer League said Sunday it hired an outside law firm to investigate the widespread reports of NWSL players being subjected to harassment and abuse, often by male coaches.

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Washington Spirit CEO resigns amid NWSL turmoil

A red soccer corner flag with the Washington Spirit shield logo during an NWSL game between Orlando Pride and Washington Spirit on August 22, 2021 at Audi Field in Washington, DC. Photo: Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The CEO of NWSL's Washington Spirit resigned on Tuesday following abuse allegations against the team's former coach and criticism of a toxic work environment.

Why it matters: The resignation of Steve Baldwin, who served as controlling owner and top executive of the Washington women's soccer team, comes as NWSL players speak out about cases of harassment and abuse and demand change across the league.