Father of molested women expenses disgraced USA Gymnastics physician in courtroom

Violet Powell
February 7, 2018

Larry Nassar, the former doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, was sentenced for the final time in an Eaton County, Michigan courtroom on Monday.

- A series of sentencings for a former sports doctor wrapped up Monday in MI, with the judge handing down a final sentence of 40-125 years for Larry Nassar. Almost 200 girls and women - ranging from accomplished Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman to a 12-year-old poet named Amanda on Friday - spoke out in person or in statements at the Ingham County and Eaton County courts about how Nassar's sexual abuse changed their lives.

In total, more than 250 women and girls have come forward to accuse Nassar of molesting them.

Monday's sentence brought an end to a three-day hearing featuring 65 emotional impact statements from girls and women who asserted abuse by Nassar, as well as some parents - including a father who tried to attack Nassar in court Friday before he was restrained by law enforcement officers.

He delivered an apology in Eaton County Court, stating that the victim impact statements he heard over nine days of hearings "impacted me to my innermost core".

Nassar, who worked as an osteopathic physician for USA Gymnastics and was a faculty member at Michigan State, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct in November.

MSU President Lou Anna Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis both resigned amid accusations that university employees missed numerous opportunities to stop Nassar. This comes less than two weeks after he was initially given 40-175 years for similar crimes, which the judge memorably declaring the sentencing his "death warrant".

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The hearing focuses on Nassar's work with Twistars, an elite MI gymnastics club.

Survivors and the public are calling for the university and USA Gymnastics to account for their failures.

Nassar's conduct "robbed these girls and women of one of the most truly important human qualities: trust", Judge Janice Cunningham said.

While it's more than safe to say that Nassar will never set foot outside prison walls again, other people and entities have yet to be held accountable within his trail of abuse. And if you fancy, cross stitch, there's even a downloadable pattern with the words, "Do Your Magnificent Things".

"It's impossible to convey the breadth and depth of how sorry I am to each and every one", he said.

Nassar must first serve the entirety of his federal sentence before serving on the state charges, which are to run concurrently.

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