Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

USA Gymnastics doctor faces prison

USA Gymnastics doctor faces prison

Former sports doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison, marking his final criminal punishment in a sex abuse scandal that has roiled Michigan State University and major us sports associations.

This is the third sentence in Eaton County court in as many months for Nassar, a former doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. He is already serving 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges, and was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in Ingham County.

The Lansing State Journal reported last June that between 1997 and 2015, seven women or girls say they raised their concerns about Nassar to authority figures, whether that be their coaches, trainers, police officers or Michigan State University figures (Nassar was an athletic trainer there).

Monday's sentence brought an end to a three-day hearing featuring 65 emotional impact statements from girls and women who asserted abuse by Nassar, as well as some parents - including a father who tried to attack Nassar in court Friday before he was restrained by law enforcement officers.

The Eaton County sentence will be served concurrently with the Ingham County sentence but after the child pornography sentence, the judge said.

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However, Judge Janice Cunningham said she was not sure if Nassar understood the enormity of his crimes.

According to the New York Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigations approached Nassar's case "with little evident urgency", and that the inquiry wound up taking over a year.

The Associated Press reports that a law firm has been hired to investigate how the USOC responded to its knowledge of allegations against Nassar.

Dozens of victims spoke out in court last week against the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, and Randall Margraves - whose daughters accused Nassar of molesting them - charged at Nassar in court and was tackled by sheriff's deputies. "The visions of your testimonies will forever be present in my thoughts".

He was sentenced earlier this month to 40 to 175 years in prison in a separate MI case.

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She asked the judge to sentence Nassar to 40 to 125 years in prison.

In a brief statement, Nassar said he was deeply sorry for the pain he had caused, and said the words of those who came forward would stick with him for the rest of his life. "... I do not believe there is a likelihood you could be reformed".

High-level officials at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State have been forced to resign in recent weeks. One victim was younger than 13 years old and the other two were between the ages of 13 and 15.

"I love this sport", she said.

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