Larry Nassar Sentenced to 40 to 125 Years Order by Judge
- Author: Megan Austin Feb 07, 2018,
Feb 07, 2018, 1:11
A MI judge has slapped former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar with an additional 40-125 years in prison after the shamed physician pleaded guilty to three more counts of sexual misconduct, this time in Eaton County. Nassar already has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in another county and is starting his time behind bars with a 60-year federal term for child pornography crimes. All told, well over 200 women allege that Nassar sexually assaulted them under the guise of providing medical treatment. The case focused on sexual assaults at Twistars, a gym for elite gymnasts in Eaton County, Michigan.
"The words expressed by everyone that has spoken including the parents have impacted me to my innermost soul", Nassar said.
Nassar worked for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, the sport's governing body, which also trains Olympians.
The board of USA Gymnastics has agreed to resign in the wake of Nassar's sentencing, as did the president and athletic director of Michigan State University.
Judge Janice Cunningham said she did not believe Nassar understood the severity of his crimes after he suggested in a pre-sentencing interview that he had done nothing wrong.
She said Nassar was believed by authorities for years and "each time he got away, he was empowered to continue and ideal his abuse".
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Michigan State University is also now facing intense scrutiny for neglecting to act on suspicions about Nassar dating back to the 1990s. She asked anyone who enabled Nassar to prey on young women for as long as he did to come forward and explain how that happened.
Denhollander went on to say Michigan State University has not truly apologized and is more concerned with institutional protectionism than the survivors.
Larissa Boyce - the first to tell a Michigan State University official about Nassar 20 years ago but was not believed - said Friday in a public statement that this moment can not be forgotten.
Nassar pleaded guilty to penetrating girls with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, a gymnastics club that was run by a 2012 U.S. Olympic coach.
Nassar will begin serving his sentences in a federal prison but it was not immediately clear which one.
"I never got a phone call from the police or the FBI", Gina Nichols, the mother of one of Nassar's victims told the Times.