After being sentenced to 60 years in prison last month on child pornography charges, Larry Nassar has been sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in prison by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina on sexual assault charges.
Nassar, now 54, allegedly sexually abused more than 150 women, most of whom are gymnasts, over the span of roughly two decades. His sentencing comes after seven days of impact statements were read by victims in an Ingham County courtroom.
Nassar was a doctor at Michigan State University before he was fired in 2016, and he was also the doctor for the U.S.A. Gymnastics team. In fact, five of the eight members of the 2012 and 2016 U.S.A. Olympic Gymnastics teams have accused Nassar of sexual abuse.
McKayla Maroney (2012 Olympics), Jordyn Wieber (2012 Olympics), Aly Raisman (2012 and 2016 Olympics), Gabby Douglas (2012 and 2016 Olympics) and Simone Biles (2016 Olympics) are among those who have accused Nassar of sexually abusing them.
The Detroit Free Press posted an image on Twitter, which named each and every one of the survivors who came forward against Nassar, and thanked them for the difference they have made.
Before he was sentenced on Wednesday, Nassar himself gave a statement, according to ESPN. Here is a short excerpt from that statement.
"Your words these past several days have had a significant emotional effect on myself. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days."
Last week, however, Nassar submitted a letter to the court stating that he did not commit sexual assault and that what he performed were legal medical procedures. But when Aquilina asked him if he wanted to withdraw his plea, he said he stood by it. He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual assaults two months ago.
Here is what Aquilina had to say to Nassar during the sentencing, according to ESPN.
"It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges, and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable. I just signed your death warrant. I find that you don't get it, that you're a danger. That you remain a danger."
Nassar will get credit for the time he has served in the past year. With the 60-year child pornography sentence combined with this new 40 to 175-year sentence, he will not be eligible for parole for another 99 years until the year 2117. In other words, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.Published 25 Jan 2018, 09:58 IST