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FBI Bungled Sex Abuse Probe of USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar, IG Finds

Larry Nassar is charged with child pornography.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI mishandled the investigation into sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar, the disgraced USA Gymnastics team doctor, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a searing 119-page report

The FBI acknowledged the findings Wednesday and made no excuses for the blunders. 

“As the Inspector General made clear in today’s report, this should not have happened,” the bureau said in a statement. “The FBI will never lose sight of the harm that Nassar’s abuse caused. The actions and inactions of certain FBI employees described in the report are inexcusable and a discredit to this organization. The FBI has taken affirmative steps to ensure and has confirmed that those responsible for the misconduct and breach of trust no longer work FBI matters.”

The FBI added that it “will take all the necessary steps to ensure that the failures of the employees outlined in the report do not happen again.”

Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the Indianapolis Field Office “failed to respond to the Nassar allegations with the utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required.”

During the investigation, which began in 2015, the bureau waited five weeks to interview one of the victims and failed to notify the FBI’s Lansing office or state law enforcement.   

The report accuses W. Jay Abbot, the special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office, of lying to the inspector general during the internal investigation “to minimize errors” made by his office.

According to the report, Nassar sexually abused at least 70 young athletes between 2015 and August 2016. Nassar is effectively serving a life sentence in prison. 

Thomas J. Sobocinski Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Baltimore Field Office

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Sobocinski

By Steve Neavling

Thomas J. Sobocinski, who was serving as deputy assistant director of the International Operations Division at FBI headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the bureau’s Baltimore Field Office. 

Sobocinski’s career with the FBI began in 1998, when he investigated violent crime for the Fayetteville Resident Agency of the Charlotte Field Office in North Carolina. Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he began focusing on counterterrorism cases. 

In 2005, Sobocinski was promoted to supervisory special agent and assigned to the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters to work in the International Terrorism Operations Section.

In 2007, Sobocinski served as the FBI’s senior liaison to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A year later, he transferred to the Washington Field Office as a counterterrorism supervisory special agent.

Sobocinski began working on a series of foreign assignments in 2009, when he was appointed assistant legal attaché in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2011, he was promoted to legal attaché in Cairo, Egypt, before moving to London in 2013 to serve as the deputy legal attaché.

In 2016, Sobocinski became the assistant special agent in charge of the Intelligence Branch at the Washington Field Office, and in 2018, was promoted to section chief in the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters. 

In 2019, he became deputy assistant director of the International Operations Division.

Before joining the FBI, Sobocinski was a police officer and special agent with the Secret Service. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from the Purdue University and a master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland and Defense Security.