USA Gymnastics board to resign amid Nassar fallout

LANSING MI- JANUARY 17 Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon answers a question after being confronted by former MSU gymnast Lidsey Lemke during a break in the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar who has been accused of molesting mor

Larry Nassar, the former doctor of the United States gymnastic team, who was previously charged with sexually abusing athletes, has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday.

Then, Friday night, USA Gymnastics released a one-sentence statement that clearly stated that "USA Gymnastics will comply with the USOC requirements".

- Michigan State University athletic director Mark Hollis announced his retirement Friday amid the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case making headlines across the country.

Several members of the board insist they did not know anything about the allegations until they came to light publicly.

Investigators from the US House of Representatives sent letters to the USOC, USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, USA Taekwondo and Michigan State University, where Nassar also worked, asking questions about sexual abuse.

Almost 160 of his victims have come forward with accusations against Nassar, who served the organization until 2016, saying that he assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment.

Over the course of seven days prior to sentencing, 168 people spoke out against him in court, condemning him for his actions.

Amanda Thomashow was one of the 156 women who confronted Nassar last week.

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"My heart breaks for the survivors of Larry Nassar's disgusting crimes", said US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose department will also investigate Michigan State University. "If it did, I have to say, I might allow what he did to all of these handsome souls - these young women in their childhood - I would allow someone or many people to do to him what he did to others".

Simon also alluded to a review paid for by MSU and conducted by former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that asserted there no evidence that university officials knew Nassar was sexually abusing young female athletes.

Nassar "did not have a medical license in Texas, which is where we went to the ranch and trained", Raisman said on the show. "We must take further action to ensure that it can not happen again".

"We understand that the requirements imposed by the letter will help us enhance our ability to build a culture of empowerment throughout the organisation, with an increased focus on athlete safety and well-being".

Denhollander asked Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, "How much is a little girl worth?"

Nassar stared at her while she was giving her statement, she said, but added that it was more of a blank stare.

"I think they are relieved", said Emille McAllaster, a junior at MSU.

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