Ex-olympic gymnastics team doctor jailed for 175 years

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The former US Olympic gymnastics team Doctor Larry Nassar, who testimony from nearly 160 of his victims and has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years after

The judge dismissed Nassar’s attempted apology as insincere, saying he would “be in darkness the rest of his life”.

Nassar pleaded to be guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault against girls and young women, including Olympians.

This 54-year-old had already been sentenced to 60 years for possession of child pornography.

“Because, sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again.”

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar during the sentencing: “As much as it was my honour and privilege to hear the sister survivors, it was my honour and privilege to sentence you.

She told the paedophile: “You have not owned yet what you did. I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir.

Following seven days of emotional testimony from Nassar’s victims, he was given an opportunity to address the court.

“What I am feeling pales in comparison to the pain, trauma, and emotional destruction that all of you are feeling,” he told the packed courtroom.

“There are no words to describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred,” he added.

His sentencing follows a week of harrowing testimony from scores of women, including Olympic gold medal gymnasts Aly Raisman and Jordyn Weiber.

Their teammates, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles, also revealed they had been abused by Nassar.

In 2015, USA Gymnastics – the sport’s top governing body – quietly cut ties with Nassar over allegations about his professional care.

An investigation in 2014 resulted in a three-month suspension from Michigan State University (MSU), where he coached.

But he continued to see patients until he was publicly accused of abuse in a 2016 report by the Indianapolis Star newspaper.

Later that year, he was arrested and charged by Michigan officials with sexual contact with a child.

A year later, he was sentenced for child abuse images found on his computer.

Rachael Denhollander, who was one of the first women to publicly accuse Nassar, pointed the finger at MSU in court on Wednesday.

 

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