Larry Nassar, Ex-USA Gymnastics Doctor, Sentenced To 60 Years In Prison

Larry Nassar in court. AP Images

Nassar, accused in civil and criminal complaints of sexually assaulting more than 140 women, also has pleaded guilty to several sex crimes in two counties in MI, and will be sentenced for those charges in separate hearings in state courts next month. Nassar's punishment was handed down on Thursday by Judge Janet T Neff.

Investigators discovered more than 37,000 images showing child sexual abuse on Nassar's computers in 2016, reports the Associated Press news agency. That testimony will now be delivered by letters written by Maroney and her mother.

"This experience has shattered McKayla", Erin Maroney wrote of her daughter, one of over 140 women to accuse Nassar of sexual abuse, in letters obtained by ESPN. "Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years, '" she wrote.

Olympic gold medallist McKayla Maroney said former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar "deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison". "She said to me, 'Mom I thought I was going to die'".

This federal case is separate from the criminal cases in Ingham and Eaton Counties, where the former MSU team physician who also worked with athletes at Twistars USA Gymnastics Club in Dimondale and at USA Gymnastics has entered guilty pleas in ten cases in recent weeks. "Because the national team training camps did not allow parents to be present, my mom and dad were unable to observe what Nassar was doing".

Separately, more than 100 women and girls are suing Nassar.

Her mother also wrote to the MI judge. "At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead".


"It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first national team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport".

A judge has sentenced a MI sports doctor to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes, one of three criminal cases against a man who also admits assaulting female gymnasts.

John Manly, an attorney representing many women and girls in lawsuits, said negotiations with Michigan State and a mediator failed to lead to an agreement this week.

Michigan State fired Nassar last September.

Michigan State has vehemently denied any allegations of covering up Nassar's behavior.

Nassar, who worked with USA Gymnastics for almost three decades as a trainer and medical coordinator, could receive a minimum sentence of 27 years, but prosecutors want a 60-year prison term.

In all likelihood, Larry Nassar will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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