Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor jailed 60 years for child porn, faces further sentencing for child molestation -

Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor jailed 60 years for child porn, faces further sentencing for child molestation

Credit: japantimes.co.jp

  • Dec 07 2017 23:40About: 6 days ago
  • 11 views

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, accused of sexually assaulting more than 100 young girls, including members of the US Olympic team, was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Thursday for child pornography.

Nassar, 54, who is facing sentencing next month for separate sexual assault charges, pleaded guilty in July to three counts of possessing child pornography.

He was given the maximum 20 years in prison on each count by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff at a court hearing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday, U.S. media reported.

“He has demonstrated that he should never again have access to children,” Judge Neff was quoted by the local Lansing State Journal newspaper as saying.

“You have to wonder whether he felt he was omnipotent, whether he felt he was getting away with something so cleverly,” she added.

Nassar, who was brought into court in handcuffs, told the judge that he was ashamed of his actions and had lost everything, the Journal said.

Nassar, who worked at Michigan State University in addition to USA Gymnastics, was found to be in possession of more than 37,000 graphic videos and images of child pornography.

He has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault in two other cases in Michigan, admitting that he abused young athletes under the guise of offering medical treatment.

Olympic gold medalists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas are among the members of the USA Gymnastics team who have said they were sexually assaulted by Nassar.

Maroney, in a victim impact statement submitted to Judge Neff, called Nassar a “monster” and urged her to hand down the maximum sentence.

“Dr. Nassar was not a doctor, he in fact is, was, and forever shall be, a child molester, and a monster of a human being,” Maroney wrote.

“He abused my trust, abused my body and left scars on my psyche that may never heal,” she said.

“Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison,” she added.

Maroney won team gold and an individual vault silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics as a member of a U.S. women’s gymnastics team dubbed the “Fierce Five.”

A three-time World Champion, she first went public with her allegations against Nassar amid the “#MeToo” movement.

She said Nassar began abusing her when she was just 13 and the abuse continued throughout her gymnastics career.

Nassar could face life in prison when he is sentenced on the sexual assault charges next month.

Nassar has been accused of molesting more than 100 female athletes during the three decades he worked with USA Gymnastics.

His case was part of a wide-ranging scandal that forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny in March.

Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations.

USA Gymnastics adopted a new “safe sport policy” in response to the Nassar scandal that requires “mandatory reporting” of suspicions of sexual abuse.

A civil lawsuit has been filed on behalf of about 100 of Nassar’s victims.

Their attorney, John Manly, estimated that the total number could be as high as 160.



Follow Us on Twitter

Former Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar accused sexually assaulting more than young girls including members Olympic team sentenced

Related stories with Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor jailed 60 years for child porn, faces further sentencing for child molestation

Singapore's first winter Olympian Cheyenne Goh looks forward to 2018 games in Korea -World News
Singapore's first winter Olympian Cheyenne Goh looks forward to 2018 games in Korea 6 days ago
Goh is training hard to put on a good showing as Singapore's first athlete to compete in a Winter Olympics.
PLO officials, others push for a ‘strong and clear’ stand -World News
PLO officials, others push for a ‘strong and clear’ stand 6 days ago
AMMAN: Hamden Faraneh, a member of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), told the Amman-based radio Al-Balad that President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to organize a three-way summit with King Abdallah of Jordan and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt i
EU vows to make Jerusalem capital for Palestinians too -World News
EU vows to make Jerusalem capital for Palestinians too 6 days ago
BRUSSELS: The EU’s top diplomat pledged on Thursday to reinvigorate diplomacy with Russia, the US, Jordan and others to ensure Palestinians have a capital in Jerusalem after US President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel’s capital.The EU, a m
But what if ... 2017 played out differently for the best names in golf? -World News
But what if ... 2017 played out differently for the best names in golf? 6 days ago
There were plenty of highlights over the past year on the course, from thrilling tournament conclusions to heart-stopping drama at majors. Golf fans were granted a bevy of impressive champions, each with a unique story that led them to the winner’s circ
Gal Gadot named IMDB's most popular star of 2017 for her role as Wonder Woman -World News
Gal Gadot named IMDB's most popular star of 2017 for her role as Wonder Woman 6 days ago
It seems her role as “Wonder Woman” has propelled actress Gal Gadot to yet another Hollywood accolade.
Woman accused of driving 60 km/h under speed limit on Ontario highway -World News
Woman accused of driving 60 km/h under speed limit on Ontario highway 6 days ago
Police say an Ottawa-area woman is facing charges for allegedly driving 60 km/h under the speed limit on Highway 401 in eastern Ontario.
Paul McCartney's Aston sells for $1.8M; Ringo Starr's old Mini goes to a Spice Girl -World News
Paul McCartney's Aston sells for $1.8M; Ringo Starr's old Mini goes to a Spice Girl 6 days ago
Filed under: Celebrities,Aston Martin,MINI,Auctions,UK,Coupe,Hatchback,Classics The Mini also appeared on "Top Gear."Continue reading Paul McCartney's Aston sells for $1.8M; Ringo Starr's old Mini goes to a Spice Girl Paul
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney explains why he voted for Ohio State over Alabama -World News
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney explains why he voted for Ohio State over Alabama 6 days ago
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had some explaining to do in front of Nick Saban on Thursday afternoon. Swinney voted for the Buckeyes ahead of Alabama in his final ballot, but the Crimson Tide prevailed in the eyes of the College Football Playoff committee. A
Oregon admits violating rights of man fined for using math -World News
Oregon admits violating rights of man fined for using math 6 days ago
Filed under: Government/Legal,Weird Car News That isn't enough for Mats Järlström.Continue reading Oregon admits violating rights of man fined for using math Oregon admits violating rights of man fined for using m
A ‘Shaken’ Met Opera Names More Replacements for James Levine -World News
A ‘Shaken’ Met Opera Names More Replacements for James Levine 6 days ago
With its revered conductor suspended amid sexual abuse accusations, Met officials tell supporters that the company “still stands strong.”
Luxury vehicles in Winnipeg stolen by thieves using forged documents -World News
Luxury vehicles in Winnipeg stolen by thieves using forged documents 6 days ago
Winnipeg isn't the only city experiencing it, but there's been a increase in thefts of luxury vehicles being sent overseas for profit.
I’m A Celebrity 2017: Ant and Dec SLAMMED for giving Dennis Wise ‘easy ride’ over Iain Lee -World News
I’m A Celebrity 2017: Ant and Dec SLAMMED for giving Dennis Wise ‘easy ride’ over Iain Lee 6 days ago
DENNIS WISE defended his behaviour towards Iain Lee during their fiery relationship on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.