Gymnastics doctor jailed for 60 years for child porn

Wendy Jensen
December 8, 2017

McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas - three members of the US gymnastics team that won gold at the 2012 London Olympics - are among those who've come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by Nassar.

Former US Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 60 years jail. Plaintiffs are also suing USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University, where he was a doctor and faculty member.

Once one of the most respected sports physicians in the country specialising in treating gymnasts, Nassar's swift downfall started last August, when a woman filed a police report alleging Nassar had assaulted her during a medical examination years prior, when she was a 15-year-old gymnast in MI seeking treatment for back pain. "He'd given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a 'treatment.' I thought I was going to die that night", she wrote.

Women accused Nassar of assaulting them at a campus clinic at Michigan State, at local gyms across the country, at the Karolyi Ranch outside Houston, and at global competitions around the globe, including the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, and the 2012 Summer Games in London. She was only 15 years old.

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Nassar is a "monster" who "left scars on my psyche that may never go away", Maroney said in a letter to Neff.

Erin wrote that she and her husband were not allowed to stay with McKayla when she was travelling overseas, sometimes not even in the same hotel.

"She has transformed from a bubbly, positive, loving, world-class athlete into a young adult who was deeply depressed, at times suicidal". A week later, Nassar pleaded guilty in another court to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. "At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead".

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.

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Michigan State fired Nassar last September.

Concerns about Nassar's behaviours can be traced back to 1990 after four other women said they were digitally penetrated during treatment sessions in the late 90's.

Maroney's parents are still haunted by the times McKayla was supposed to be under the protection of USA Gymnastics and her coaches, and yet was left unsupervised, giving Nassar easy access to perform his pseudo-treatments on her.

Michigan State has commissioned an internal review of how university employees responded to suspicions about Nassar, but had planned to keep that review confidential, drawing criticism from victims and their attorneys. Nassar awaits sentencing for his child pornography case on Thursday- a sentence that carries at least 27 years in prison after his plea.

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