MI sports doctor gets 60 years in prison

Larry Nassar the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who admitted to sexually abusing underage girls has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges

MI sports doctor gets 60 years in prison

"He abused my trust, abused my body and left scars on my psyche that may never heal", Maroney wrote in a victim-impact letter to the federal court where Nassar is to be sentenced on Thursday.

Grand Rapids - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced child molester Larry Nassar to 60 years in prison for receiving and possessing 37,000 images of child pornography and attempting to destroy them to avoid being caught.

He agreed a plea bargain with prosecutors and was given 20 years for each count.

McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas - three members of the United States of America gymnastics team that won gold at the 2012 London Olympics - are among those who've come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by Nassar.

"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".

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More than 100 women and girls are suing Nassar in civil court. 'More safe than the President of the United States of America, ' he said to him. Though Nassar and his crimes were discussed, most of the comments from the victims and the attorneys centered on the institutions that enabled his abuse for years-Michigan State, USA Gymnastics, and the USOC. MSU fired him in September 2016.

Concerns about Nassar's behaviours can be traced back to 1990 after four other women said they were digitally penetrated during treatment sessions in the late 90's.

Erin and her husband were told they were not allowed to stay with their daughter at competitions overseas nor on the Karyoli Ranch, the U.S. team's training centre in Huntsville, Texas named after former coaches Bela and Marta Karyoli, where McKayla says Nassar first abused her.

USA Gymnastics and Michigan State could not be immediately reached for comment.

Nassar worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, the Indianapolis-based group that trains Olympians. Nassar has admitted to molesting girls in his care when they sought treatment with him. Klages has denied those claims.

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Her mother also wrote to the MI judge.

After the 2014 inquiry, Nassar's supervisors required him to wear gloves and never perform the therapy that had upset that student without another person in the room, conditions Nassar later acknowledged he violated.

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

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette this week urged Michigan State to release an internal investigation into the university's handling of the allegations.

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.

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

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