Victims push for accountability after latest Nassar sentence
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Feb 07, 2018,
Feb 07, 2018, 1:05
Disgraced former Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was given to a further 40-to-125-year sentence on Monday, bringing the criminal proceedings against the convicted child molester to a conclusion.
Nassar, whose sentence on Monday came after he admitted to three sexual assault counts at a gymnastics centre in Dimondale, Michigan, also must serve a 60-year federal term for child pornography crimes.
Nassar appeared in a MI courtroom on Monday, his third and final sentencing, for sexually abusing young female gymnasts.
"With that being said, I understand and acknowledge that it pales in comparison to the pain, trauma and emotions that you all feel".
But Judge Janice Cunningham, citing Nassar's earlier claims of no wrongdoing, sentenced him to a lengthy stay in prison and said that he was in "denial". This comes less than two weeks after he was initially given 40-175 years for similar crimes, which the judge memorably declaring the sentencing his "death warrant". She gave her statement during a sentencing hearing in Ingham County in January, according to ESPN.
"His lies worked", lead prosecutor Angela Povilaitis said in her closing statement. "She noted that Nassar was halted only by the IndyStar investigation of USA Gymnastics".
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Nassar told the court: "It's impossible to convey the breadth and depth of how sorry I am to each and everyone".
USA Gymnastics officials first reported the sexual assault allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in July 2015.
The Times reported the videos showed Nassar kneading the legs of girls before moving his hands under a towel with ungloved hands between the girl's legs.
"You have a second chance to do the right thing", Boyce said.
The case before Cunningham centered around Nassar's assaults at Twistars, a Lansing-area gymnastics club that was run by 2012 Olympic coach John Geddert.
Michigan State has hired Bill Beekman to be the school's interim athletic director. A 2004 investigation by a local police force in Michigan cleared Nassar, as did a 2014 investigation by Michigan State police and the university's Title IX office. The lawyer, Shannon Smith, told radio station WWJ that she had doubts about the large number of women and girls who say they are victims.
Asking Cunningham to hand down the stiffest possible sentence, Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis said that in Twistars, Nassar "found the flawless place for his master manipulation".