Former Olympics Doctor Sentenced for Child Pornography Possession

Larry Nassar in court. AP Images

Larry Nassar in court. AP Images

"Olympic medalists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and now Gabby Douglas are among the scores of girls and women who have come forward to say that they, too, were abused". My husband once questioned the propriety of the isolation of the girls during worldwide travel.

Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in July to possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography between 2003 and 2016.

John Manly, an attorney representing many women and girls in lawsuits, said negotiations with Michigan State and a mediator failed to lead to an agreement this week. 'More safe than the President of the US, ' he said to him. "No one has apologised", Erin wrote.

"I. learned a few weeks ago from my daughter that at the world championships in Tokyo, [Nassar] drugged her, made her lay nude on a treatment table, straddled her and digitally penetrated her while rubbing his erect penis against her", Erin wrote. "She said to me, 'Mom I thought I was going to die'". She was only 15 years old.

Nassar was the USA Gymnastics team doctor, as well as the doctor for the Michigan State University gymnastics team, and a MSU professor.

McKayla's Maroney's testimony mentions the incident as well, saying that Nassar "had given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting treatment". Michigan State and USA Gymnastics are defendants in numerous lawsuits.

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McKayla's testimony was a bit more measured, but no less pointed.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette this week urged Michigan State to release an internal investigation into the university's handling of the allegations.

The letters provided chilling and disturbing detail of the psychological toll Nassar's alleged sexual abuse took on the two-time Olympic gold medallist and former member of the "fierce five" women's gymnastics team from the 2012 London Olympics.

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff in Grand Rapids, Michigan handed down the sentence sought by prosecutors, who said there was a link between Nassar's child pornography and his "prolific molestation of children", according to court documents.

Nassar, who worked with USA Gymnastics for almost three decades as a trainer and medical coordinator, could receive a minimum sentence of 27 years, but prosecutors want a 60-year prison term.

"I had a dream to go to the Olympics", Maroney wrote in October in alleging she was abused by Nassar, "and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting".

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