USA Olympic doctor Nassar jailed for 60 years over child porn

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2017

The child pornography was discovered a year ago when Nassar was being investigated for assault.

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who has admitted to sexually assaulting minors, has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

McKayla and Erin Maroney sent in the eye-opening letters for the judge to read in private, instead of McKayla making her planned appearance in the Grand Rapids, Michigan courtroom to testify against Nassar, the former U.S. gymnastics doctor she says abused her under the guise of medical treatment for six years.

Nassar pleaded guilty in July to three federal charges after investigators said he possessed at least 37,000 graphic videos and images of child pornography, including images of prepubescent children engaged in sex acts. Those counts carry possible 20-year prison terms, which could be imposed concurrently or consecutively.

Olympic gold medallists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas have said they were among the members of the U.S. Gymnastics team assaulted by Nassar when he served as team doctor. "End of story! He abused my trust, he abused my body and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away".

Nassar is accused of sexually abusing over 140 women and girls. 'More safe than the President of the US, ' he said to him.

Women accused Nassar of assaulting them at a campus clinic at Michigan State, at local gyms across the country, at the Karolyi Ranch outside Houston, and at worldwide competitions around the globe, including the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, and the 2012 Summer Games in London. MSU fired him in September 2016.

In court filings last week, Nassar's attorneys had asked Neff to show leniency, saying the doctor had worked toward redemption by helping fellow inmates and taking Bible classes since his arrest almost a year ago.

"In the course of that broader investigation, they spoke to two gymnasts who accused Nassar - a powerful, prominent figure within the gymnastics world - of sexual abuse".

USA Gymnastics and Michigan State could not be immediately reached for comment. Michigan State and USA Gymnastics also are defendants in many cases.

Mckayla, along with several other Team USA national gymnasts reported incidents to ESPN were Nassar abused them in their dorm rooms at the Karolyi Ranch and villages at the Olympics, despite a USA Gymnastics policy which forbids adults from being alone with minors. Klages has denied those claims. The judge presiding over the case has said she will read the letters privately.

Shannon Smith, an attorney for Nassar, said he was "devastated" by the sentence and that he would appeal the sentence.

Nassar's attorneys had asked the federal judge for leniency, arguing Nassar had helped fellow inmates and taken Bible classes since his arrest almost a year ago, the State Journal said.

But the federal prosecutors did not mince words when describing Nassar's offenses.

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