Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Pleads Guilty to Molestation Charges

Bryan Strickland
November 26, 2017

"I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them". I was - and so I think that's why I tried to scooch away and, like, turn over so I didn't have to look at him. "He was a doctor and he told me that his treatment would help heal all of my injuries".

He has been charged with similar crimes in a neighbouring county, and is also awaiting sentencing in a federal court on child pornography charges.

NASSAR: And I pray the rosary every day for forgiveness. In response to questioning from the judge, he admitted that what he did to these young women and girls-several of the charges related to criminal sexual conduct against a minor under the age of 13-had no legitimate medical applications and that he done it exclusively for his own gratification.

He could face no less than 5 years and not more than 20 years in prison.

Earlier, when he was entering his guilty pleas for all of the charges, Nassar seemed nervous, but when giving this self-aggrandizing speech, he appeared nearly at ease.

"The showing of them today, I'm very proud of them for being here for finding those voices", she said.

In a brief statement on Wednesday, Dr. Nassar said he made the plea "to move the community forward and stop the hurting".

Ms. Maroney was the first of the gold medal-winning gymnasts to publicly accuse Dr. Nassar when she revealed details of her abuse in October, and Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist from the 2000 team, was among the initial group of Dr. Nassar's accusers previous year.

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"This was a man we trusted". USA Gymnastics also spoke out on Gabby's behalf, tweeting, "We admire the strength shown by Gabby and her teammates in speaking out publicly to hold a predator accountable", and noting that the organization will be taking "concrete steps to prevent further abuse".

Nassar also agreed to a lifetime of electronic monitoring.

Douglas, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, said she didn't disclose his abuse earlier because "for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were very painful".

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said the disgraced doctor had used his position of trust "in the most vile way to abuse children". The university says it can't comment on specific allegations while involved in civil suits.

"Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up?" she said in an interview with "60 Minutes" this month.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday addressing last week's comments that were viewed by some as victim shaming, Ms Douglas wrote: "It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar".

Nassar, who lost his medical licence in April, now faces at least 25 years in prison - but the judge could set a minimum sentence as high as 40 years.

For NPR News, I'm Kate Wells in Lansing.

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