USA gymnastics team doctor sentenced to 60 years on child pornography charges

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. AP Images

Olympians McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas are among those who have said Nassar assaulted them.

Nassar was sacked from Michigan State University in September 2016, and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, cut ties in 2015.

"It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first national team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport".

McKayla, who said she was molested by Nassar from her early teens, planned to be present in a federal courtroom last Thursday to deliver her victim-impact statement in open court. "Because the National Team training camps did not allow parents to be present, my mom and dad were unable to observe what Nassar was doing, and this has imposed a awful and undeserved burden of guilt on my loving family". "At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead".

Nassar's attorneys had asked the federal judge for leniency in court filings, arguing Nassar had helped fellow inmates and taken Bible classes since his arrest almost a year ago, the State Journal said. At 14, she made the National Team and was introduced to Nassar.

McKayla described the account saying she had woken up alone with Nassar in his hotel room after he gave her a sleeping pill for the flight.

Erin Maroney also detailed one graphic incident.

"I didn't know anything differently", she said. She was only 15 years old. "We were told he's the best doctor, he's the United States Olympic doctor and the USA Gymnastics doctor, and we were very lucky we were able to see him".

But those women are only a small part of the scandal: At least 125 women complained to MSU, and almost 150 are involved in a civil lawsuit against Nassar, MSU, Gedderts' Twistars USA Gymnastics Club and others. No one from the USOC has ever reached out to me or my husband or my daughter to inquire about her well being.

After his guilty plea to criminal sexual conduct charges, attorneys representing more than 100 victims said USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee and Michigan State University all "miserably failed" to protect those under their care.

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

Michigan State fired Nassar last September.

"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".

While many victims have since said they tried to tell others about Nassar's behavior years ago, Denhollander's complaint was the first allegation against Nassar that was believed, prompting dozens of other survivors to come forward with similar stories.

"Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison", Maroney wrote. While federal prosecutors have requested a 60-year prison sentence for the disgraced former doctor, he could face a minimum sentence of 27 years or up to a lifetime in prison.



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