doctor Lawrence “Larry” Nassar, accused of molesting more than 100
female athletes over several decades, pleaded guilty Wednesday to
multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct. Nassar
— who was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and
worked with the country’s gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games —
could be sentenced to at least 25 years in prison.
faced 22 criminal counts of sexual assault in Michigan for abusing
athletes under the guise of providing medical treatment.
part of a plea agreement, Nassar admitted to seven counts of abuse.
Three of his victims were under 13 years old, and the others were aged
between 13 and 15.
Nassar appeared in court in an orange prison jumpsuit. Speaking softly
and at times with heavy sighs, he pleaded guilty with a simple “yes” as
each charge was read.
said he prayed for his victims and was “horribly sorry” for his crimes,
which relate to events in Michigan that took place between 1998 and
don’t believe there was anything sincere in what Larry said, other than
his desire to refocus the attention on the good that he believed he did
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The Michigan charges stemmed from Nassar’s practice, based at Michigan State University, where prosecutors said 125 victims have come forward alleging abuse.
New ‘safe sport policy’
Gymnastics adopted a new “safe sport policy” in response to the Nassar
scandal that requires “mandatory reporting” of suspicions of sexual
accountable for his crimes, three of his victims and their lawyers
demanded additional accountability from officials who were aware of
the university, and the US Olympics and gymnastics organizations of
being “unable to acknowledge” past failures.
accused Michigan State University of “stonewalling” his efforts to find
out how university officials dealt with past allegations against
Nassar, which had prompted a 2014 internal investigation.
a statement, spokesman Jason Cody said the university “unequivocally”
denied that it had “engaged in a ‘cover up’,” and pointed to a law
enforcement probe earlier this year — the results of which he said were
shared with federal prosecutors.