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Nasser in court in Michigan Nasser in court in Michigan
Nellie Chapman | 24 January, 2018, 11:09

Board of directors Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley stepped down almost 10 months after former president and chief executive Steve Penny was pushed out.

The resignations of chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley were announced by USA Gymnastics, which said its board of directors would identify an interim chairperson until a permanent one is selected.

Disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar's sentencing entered its fifth day in a MI courtroom on Monday, when the number of sexual assault survivor impact statements eclipsed 100, and among the morning's powerful speakers was 15-year-old Emma Ann Miller. He is accused of abuse by over 150 women, many of whom have been reading their statements in court. Nassar, 54, is already serving 40 years for possession of child pornography.

Nassar faces up to 125 years in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Chairman Paul Parilla, vice chair Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley announced they were stepping down as testimony in Nassar's sentencing hearing in MI moved into its second week. "We had so many other things to go over, and we unanimously decided in that meeting right away that we were going to support her staying the president".

"How are we to believe in change when these organizations aren't even willing to acknowledge the problem", said Raisman during her statement last week.

On WGN Morning News, Olivia Cowan said Nassar abused her when she was just thirteen and adults were in the room.

Following testimonies against Larry Nassar, three top board members of the Olympic USA Gymnastics team have resigned.

On Monday, more women stepped forward to say Nassar sexually abused them.

Recently, four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles revealed that Nassar had assaulted her at the ranch.

USA Gymnastics says it is taking steps to promote athlete safety and prevent future abuse.

"While this may not be what you thought you were getting into, you will be judged by how you deal with it", she said.

Nassar, who spent more than 20 years working at Michigan State University and as a physician for USA Gymnastics, has admitted to sexually assaulting gymnasts, ESPN reported.

"You're a sick man Larry and I hope you rot in prison because that is where you belong", Moore said.

Jamie Dantzscher speaks January 17 at the Larry Nassar sentencing hearing.

I am here to face you, Larry, so you can see I've regained my strength, that I'm no longer a victim, I'm a survivor.