Former USA gymnastics doctor sentenced to 60 years in child pornography case

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. AP Images

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. AP Images

Nassar also faces sentencing in two state courts after pleading guilty last month to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving girls who were 15 years old or younger Ingham County in Michigan, as well as three other counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Eaton County, Michigan. Those sentences, which will be served consecutively with his federal sentence, will be handed down next month.

Nassar's attorneys had asked the federal judge for leniency in court filings, arguing Nassar had helped fellow inmates and taken Bible classes since his arrest almost a year ago, the State Journal said.

Neff also declared Nassar a threat to children.

The child pornography sentence brought Nassar a step closer to justice for many survivors, whom Nassar sexually assaulted years ago under the guise of a medical treatment.

Nassar pleaded guilty in July to receiving child pornography in 2004, possessing child pornography from 2003 to 2016 and destroying and concealing evidence in 2016 as he was under investigation, according to the U.S. attorney's office for the Western District of MI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Lewis said that Nassar had "amassed a collection that is just shockingly huge". Investigators were only able to obtain those hard drives at Nassar's Holt property because the garbage truck happened to be running late that day, according to court records.

Nassar said it was a disease he had been struggling with for years and he hoped he could be forgiven.

He'll be sentenced in those cases in January.

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"He's getting a natural life sentence", he said.

He is also being sued by over 100 women.

On Wednesday, 2012 Olympic champion McKayla Maroney's attorneys released a wrenching victim impact statement that she wrote about Larry Nassar, the former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor.

Nassar, led in cuffs out of the courtroom at the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday, was for decades an esteemed sports medicine doctor. When news broke that the USA Gymnastics team doctor had been abusing his patients, it cast a dark cloud over a sport that thousands of Americans enjoy watching.

He started working at MSU, his alma mater, in 1997.

After police began their investigation, the Indianapolis Star published Denhollander's story, and MSU fired Nassar soon after in September 2016. Michigan State and USA Gymnastics also are defendants in many cases. Michigan State declined to comment. Maroney, like 2012 teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, has said that Nassar sexually molested under the guise of medical treatment while she was competing on the US national team.

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