Former Olympics Doctor Sentenced for Child Pornography Possession

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. AP Images

In July, the former sports medicine doctor pleaded guilty to three counts in federal court related to the possession of thousands of child pornography images.

According to ESPN.com, Judge Janet T. Neff told Nassar at his sentencing that he used his position of authority to sexually assault young women during his career as a doctor with U.S. gymnastics and Michigan State University, thus violating the most basic principle of medicine. "As it turns out, much to my demise, Dr. Nassar was not a doctor, he in fact is, was, and forever shall be, a child molester, and a monster of a human being".

Maroney's victim-impact statement will not be read in open court, but the letters written by her and her mother, Erin Maroney, were procured by ESPN's "Outside the Lines".

USA Gymnastics, which oversees and trains the national team, is also a defendant in several of the lawsuits women have brought against Nassar.

Olympic gold medallists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas have said they were among the members of the U.S. Gymnastics team assaulted by Nassar when he served as team doctor.

Her mother also wrote to the MI judge.

"It's imperative Mr. Nassar be deterred as long as possible", Neff said, ESPN reported.




"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". "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, and this has imposed a awful and undeserved burden of guilt on my loving family".

"I didn't know anything differently", she said. "She has transformed from a bubbly, positive, loving, world class athlete into a young adult who was deeply depressed, at times suicidal". She was only 15 years old.

"I had a dream to go to the Olympics", Maroney wrote in October in alleging she was abused by Nassar, "and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting". "At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead".

A MI sports doctor was sentenced Thursday to serve 60 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Michigan State declined to comment.

More than 100 civil claims are pending against Michigan State and USA Gymnastics.

Michigan State has vehemently denied any allegations of covering up Nassar's behavior. In both cases, plea deals dictate a minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years and a maximum of life in prison, the State Journal reports.

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

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