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

Anita Tucker
December 8, 2017

"He abused my trust, abused my body and left scars on my psyche that may never heal", Maroney wrote in a victim-impact letter to the federal court where Nassar is to be sentenced on Thursday.

Nassar pleaded guilty on November 29 to charges of molesting teen and pre-teen gymnasts who sought help for back and hip injuries.

McKayla Maroney, now 21 and retired from the sport for more than a year, said Nassar - who also worked at Michigan State for decades and has been accused of sexually abusing former student-athletes there - "treated" her both before she and the "Fierce Five" won their team gold and before she won silver in the vault in London.

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. The judge presiding over the case has said she will read the letters privately. "Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years, '" Maroney said in a victim statement to Neff.

"I. learned a few weeks ago from my daughter that at the world championships in Tokyo, [Nassar] drugged her, made her lay nude on a treatment table, straddled her and digitally penetrated her while rubbing his erect penis against her", Erin wrote. She was only 15 years old. "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". "At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead".

Former Olympic gymnastics team physician and longtime Michigan State University instructor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for federal child pornography crimes.

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

"This experience has shattered McKayla", Erin Maroney wrote of her daughter, one of over 140 women to accuse Nassar of sexual abuse, in letters obtained by ESPN.

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

Michigan State has commissioned an internal review of how university employees responded to suspicions about Nassar, but had planned to keep that review confidential, drawing criticism from victims and their attorneys. Federal prosecutors said he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison since federal time will run consecutively to state sentences.

"Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison", Maroney wrote.

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