Former Olympic doctor sentenced in landmark trial

Larry Nassar — AFP

Two weeks ago, a MI county sentenced him to between 40 and 175 years in prison for multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct after more than a week of harrowing impact statements from Nassar survivors.

Nassar, who was once known as an internationally renowned sports medicine doctor in the gymnastics community, pleaded guilty in 2017 to federal child pornography charges and several first degree criminal sexual conduct charges in Ingham and Eaton counties.

Gymnasts from the two teams thanked the women who have told their stories of abuse at the hands of convicted molester Dr. Larry Nassar.

Monday's sentence in Eaton County stems from sexual abuse that occurred at Twistars Gym, where Nassar was a fixture for years, preying on budding gymnasts with his reputation as a healer who could get any injured athlete competition-ready.

But more than 260 women and girls say Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment. He is also serving a 60-year federal term for child pornography convictions.

This sentencing closes weeks of fearless and heartbreaking victim impact statements from Nassar's victims and their families.

The abuse came to light after an Indianapolis Star investigation in 2016 reported accusations against Dr. Nassar that went back decades.

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Its longtime president, Lou Anna Simon, resigned last month, and the board of trustees voted unanimously to name John Engler, the former governor of MI, as its interim president.

A FATHER of three daughters who were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar tried to attack the former USA Gymnastics doctor during a sentencing hearing today.

The Eaton County sentence was given after two days of victim impact statements-a total of 65, according to WILX.

Nassar offered a brief apology to his victims yesterday, saying: "The visions of your testimonies will forever be present in my thoughts".

Sentencing Judge Janice Cunningham said the doctor had harmed more than 256 women and the sentence was "proportionate to the seriousness to the circumstances surrounding the offenses and the offender".

The fallout has already been widespread with the entire board of USA Gymnastics and the President of Michigan State already resigning. It's short. In their statement, the Bureau argues that because allegations against Nassar "transcend jurisdictions", they could not fully ascertain the sheer volume of accounts.

"I am not convinced that you truly understand that what you did was wrong and the devastating impact you've had on the victims, family and friends", Cunningham said. He already is guaranteed to spend life in prison under other sentences.

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