Ex-Olympic Sports Doctor Gets 60 Years for Child Pornography

Ex-Olympic Sports Doctor Gets 60 Years for Child Pornography

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 US gymnastics and Michigan State University, thus violating the most basic principle of medicine. The judge followed the government's recommendation Thursday in the porn case, saying Nassar "should never again have access to children".

He agreed a plea bargain with prosecutors and was given 20 years for each count.

The child pornography was discovered a year ago when Nassar was being investigated for assault.

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".

McKayla Maroney's letters to the judge presiding over Dr. Larry Nassar's case, coupled with her mum's, detail years of sexual abuse that changed the woman she's become.

Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in July to possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography depicting children as young as infants between 2003 and 2016.

There were also police investigations in 2004 and 2014 that didn't result in charges, and a Michigan State Title IX office inquiry in 2014 that concluded a student had misinterpreted legitimate pain treatment.

"Underneath this veneer lurked a predator", Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Lewis said. 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.

"Nassar's behaviour was deeply disturbing and repugnant, as the state and federal criminal charges that he has been convicted of show". While federal prosecutors have requested a 60-year prison sentence for the disgraced former doctor, he could face a minimum sentence of 27 years or up to a lifetime in prison.

Larry Nassar worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

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.

McKayla Maroney won a silver medal on vault at the 2012 London Olympics.

In lawsuits, two gymnasts have alleged they complained to Klages in 1997 about Nassar's treatment, to no avail.

Women accused Nassar of assaulting them at a campus clinic at Michigan State, at local gyms across the country, at the Karolyi Ranch outside Houston, and at worldwide competitions around the globe, including the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, and the 2012 Summer Games in London.

"He abused my trust, he abused my body and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away", Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney said in a victim statement submitted to Neff and published online.

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