Friday, 16 November, 2018

Judge: USA Gymnastics doctor 'should never again have access to children'

Larry Nassar in court. AP Images Larry Nassar in court. AP Images
Kristopher Love | 07 December, 2017, 21:54

Earlier this year, Steve Penny resigned as chief executive of USA Gymnastics after acknowledging he had waited five weeks to report Nassar to law enforcement in 2015, and Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages retired after the university suspended her for defending Nassar in a private meeting with her gymnasts.

Maroney has said that she was sexually abused by Nassar, who is facing several sexual assault charges and pled guilty this summer on charges of obtaining and possessing child pornography and destroying computer files to hamper a federal investigation. Neff also stated that his federal time would be served consecutive to his state sentences for sexual assault.

She went on to say that "we were never allowed to the U.S. Olympic Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch nor any other training facility".

He was given 20 years in prison on each count by a judge at a court hearing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the newspaper said.

Nassar said it was a disease he had been struggling with for years and he hoped he could be forgiven.

He also said: "I really tried to be a good person".

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. Nassar awaits sentencing for his child pornography case on Thursday- a sentence that carries at least 27 years in prison after his plea.

"When I first met Larry Nassar". "Mr. Nassar was, is and, in my view, will continue to be a danger to children".

"Soon after Larry pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges, I was informed that I could submit a Victim Impact Statement to the court for sentencing consideration".

In still-pending lawsuits related to Nassar's admitted crimes, more than 140 women or girls have said Nassar assaulted them, often during medical appointments. "He abused my trust, abused my body and left scars on my psyche that may never heal", she wrote.

His public downfall began in September 2016, when the Indianapolis Star named Nassar in a report on USA Gymastics' lackluster response to allegations of assault. It's the maximum sentence that prosecutors sought for Larry Nassar, who had more than 37,000 images of child porn on electronic devices. After police took the trash back to the department and searched it, they found three other external hard drives in a small plastic bag.

The drives included images and videos of young girls mostly under the age of 12, including some as young as 6. Toward the end of one clip, the agent testified, Nassar is seen allegedly grabbing a hand of one girl and shoving it into the crotch of another. Those accusations related to conduct with two minors in Nassar's swimming pool in the summer of 2015 and for "illicit sexual conduct" with two other minor children during interstate and worldwide travel, according to the plea agreement obtained by CNN.