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Governor orders criminal probe of Texas gymnastics ranch

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In this May 4, 2016, file photo, Marta Karolyi smiles inside the Karolyi Ranch where she and her husband, Bela Karolyi, train gymnasts, including members of the Women's National Team, in Houston. After 40 years helping some of the greatest gymnasts of all-time _ from Nadia Comaneci to Mary Lou Retton to Nastia Liukin _ soar to Olympic gold Martha Karolyi is ready to say goodbye. The U.S. women’s national team coordinator is retiring after the 2016 games to spend time with husband Bela and travel. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered a criminal investigation into claims that former doctor Larry Nassar abused some of his victims at a Texas ranch that was the training ground for U.S. women's gymnastics.

Abbott ordered the Texas Rangers, the state's top criminal investigations unit, to look into the Karolyi Ranch. It hosted training camps for more than a decade until earlier this year. The Walker County Sheriff's Office is already investigating.

Several gymnasts have said Nassar abused them at the ranch.

Abbott called the allegations "gut-wrenching." He ordered the state investigation because the claims involve multiple jurisdictions and states.

Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison last week. More than 150 women and girls have said he had molested them under the guise of medical treatment.

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