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Former Team USA Gymnastics doctor sentenced to 60 years in prison in child pornography case

Lucy Burdge
December 07, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Disgraced Team USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Thursday for possession of an enormous amount of child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff announced the sentence, which is the first of three prison terms for Nassar for child porn and sexual assault.

The child porn charges emerged after Michigan State University began investigating Nassar for sexual assault in August 2016 after former gymnast Rachael Denhollander accused him of abusing her.

Nassar pleaded guilty to three child pornography charges in federal court in July.

Over 130 women have accused Nassar of sexual assault. These women include high-profile gymnasts Kayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas.

“He abused my trust, abused my body and left scars on my psyche that may never heal,” Maroney told a court in a victim impact letter. “Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.”

Her mother, Erin, described an incident between Nassar and Maroney in 2011 in a statement.

“[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 was only 15 years old. She said to me, ‘Mom, I thought I was going to die.’”

USA Gymnastics released a statement last month saying the organization “is very sorry that any athlete was harmed by Larry Nassar. Upon first learning of athlete concerns about Nassar in 2015, USA Gymnastics reported him to the FBI and relieved him of any involvement with USA Gymnastics … USA Gymnastics also views Nassar’s guilty plea as an important acknowledgment of his appalling and devious conduct that permits punishment without further victimization of survivors. ”

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