3 of USA Gymnastics' top leaders resign as Nassar sentencing hearing continues

Lucy Bush
January 23, 2018

The executive leadership of U.S. Gymnastics' board of directors has resigned in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal involving former USA team doctor Larry Nassar, the governing body announced Monday.

The organization announced Monday that three board members, including chairman Paul Parilla, have resigned effective immediately.

MI judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who's presiding over Nassar's sentencing, has allowed more than 90 of the alleged victims to give impact statements, many of which have been heartbreaking and disturbing. We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organisation.

Nassar - who also served as a doctor at Michigan State - is being sentenced on multiple counts of sexual assault.

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"I know, and Nassar knows, that in federal prison he will be fed, he will clothed and he'll be provided actual medical treatment", Miller said.

Perry was hired in November to replace Steve Penny, who had resigned last March after 12 years in the post after criticism over how USA Gymnastics had handled the sexual abuse claims. "I'm 15 years old and I'm not afraid of you, nor will I ever be", Miller said.

"Larry, you do realize now that we, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time, are now a force, and you are nothing", the 23-year-old said.

USA Gymnastics also came under attack after it emerged that Olympic gold medallist McKayla Maroney had been required to sign a gag order preventing her from talking about the abuse under the terms of a $1.25 million settlement agreed in 2016. "Your sister survivors and you are going through incomprehensible lengths, emotions and soul-searching to put your words together, to publicly stop (the) defendant, to publicly stop predators, to make people listen". In addition to his decades in prison for child pornography, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years for the assaults, according to the AP, though the maximum sentence could be significantly higher. More than 130 women have filed civil lawsuits against him alleging abuse.

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Nassar has admitted molesting athletes during treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

"I was told [by USA Gymnastics] to be quiet", Aly Raisman, one of the more than 140 women who testified against Nassar, told ESPN.com this week.

Preston, a therapy dog, provides comfort as victims confront admitted sexual abuser Larry Nassar during his sentencing hearing at Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Mich. on January 19, 2018. Yesterday, USA Gymnastics announced that it was terminating its lease at the Ranch, where so many of us were abused.

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