Larry Nassar, once a world-renowned sports physician specializing in osteopathy. But he will now spend the rest of his life locked up behind bars.
The disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor was convicted of sexually abusing more than 150 woman and girls over the past two decades. He was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina last Wednesday.
“I’ve just signed your death warrant,” Judge Aquilina said in a Lansing, Michigan courtroom. “I find that you don’t get it, that you’re a danger. That you remain a danger.”
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Before he was sentenced, he offered a statement to the victims:
Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than 150 girls and women. Source: Reuters
“Your words these past several days have had a significant emotional effect on myself,” he said. “I recognize that what I’m feeling pales in comparison to the pain, trauma and emotional destruction that all of you have felt. There are no words to describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days.”
His accusers included Olympic athletes like Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Jordyn Wieber. Many victims were children at the time of their abuse. During that time they were afraid to speak up. He was the one they trusted to keep them safe, but Nassar abused the privilege—he was a predator.
In her speech, Raisman—now 23—said, “We, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time, are now a force, and you are nothing.”
Addressing the 54-year-old convict directly, she continued, “The tables have turned, Larry. We are here. We have our voices, and we are not going anywhere.”
Watch the powerful testimonies of Larry Nassar’s victims:
Several victims delivered emotional testimonies during the sentencing hearings of Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar. Source: The Washington Post
In his 7-day-long trial, a total of 156 victims—what many are now calling “an army of survivors”—came forward to testify against Nassar. They all spoke of similar stories of how they were sexually assaulted in the name of “treatment”.
The final statement came from Rachael Denhollander, the former gymnast from Louisville whose decision in 2016 to file a police report and contact the Indianapolis Star ultimately brought about Nassar’s prosecution.
In her statement, she blamed the system and made allegations against Michigan state officials where complaints made by many women against Nassar over the years went ignored.
Her statements mirrored the first witness Kyle Stephens, “Little girls don’t stay little forever. They turn into strong women, who have come back to destroy your world.” Stephens was abused between the age of 6 and 12 by the Nassar, a family friend.
Nassar was sentenced separately to 60 years in prison for child pornography charges. He also pleaded guilty to the three separate charges of criminal sexual conduct in Eaton County in Michigan. Those charges remain due for sentencing until January 31.
Continue to see Judge Aquilina’s speech while passing the verdict to Larry Nassar
Judge shows no mercy sentencing Larry Nassar:
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina didn’t hold back while sentencing former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar to up to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse. Source: The Washington Post
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