Michigan sports doctor gets 60 years in prison

Michigan sports doctor gets 60 years in prison

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who has admitted to sexually assaulting minors, has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

Nassar, 54, who is also facing sentencing for sexually assaulting members of the women's Olympics gymnastics team, pleaded guilty in July to three counts of possessing child pornography.

The charges relate to Nassar's time a faculty member at Michigan State University, from 1997 to 2016, when, the university said, he was sacked after the allegations surfaced.

Federal prosecutors, however, had argued for the maximum 60 years, saying Nassar "poses an vast risk to the community" and quoting one victim who said the 54-year-old "will not hesitate to reoffend" if he's ever freed.

'He has demonstrated that he should never again have access to children, ' US District Judge Janet Neff was quoted by the Journal as saying.

Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas say they were victims when Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics and accompanied them at workouts or global events. Dozens of women have also accused him of sexual assault.

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Sentencing in the state cases will take place in January.

"As it turns out, much to my demise, 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. "End of story! He abused my trust, he abused my body and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away".

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. When he turned in his work laptop computer, officials said it had been wiped completely clean, including the operating system.

Investigators found more than 37,000 images of child porn on Nassar's electronic devices in 2016.

One of the drives was at the top of the trash. Images of children as young as infants were among his cache. He admits he molested girls with his hands when they sought treatment for hip and back pain. A week later, Nassar pleaded guilty in another court to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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