At this point, many Americans know about Larry Nassar, a sports medicine doctor accused of more than 60 counts of sexual abuse and charged with sexual assault, child pornography, and criminal sexual misconduct. His conviction and sentence at the beginning of February was based off of his guilty plea in November of three counts of criminal sexual conduct. Two counts were against girls between the ages of 13 and 15, and one against a girl younger than 13. Nassar was sentenced to 40-125 years in prison, putting an end to three weeks of court hearings.
Not only was Larry Nassar a licensed doctor, but he was the national team doctor for USA Gymnastics since 1986 . In addition, he ran a gymnastics club at Michigan State University, where he also served as a faculty member.
In 2016, several woman came forward with alleged allegations based on years of sexual abuse and misconduct under the pretext of Dr. Nassar’s “special treatment.” During medical examinations and treatments, Nassar would perform internal examinations on women, some as young as 13 years old, under the guise of pain management. Once accused, Dr. Nassar stood firm in his statements to police that these “treatments” were medically appropriate and in the best interests of his patients. Some of these allegations of sexual abuse stem back as far as 1998.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina opened her courtroom to the young victims and their families, including several prominent Olympic athletes, and made clear that Dr. Nassar, 54, would spend the rest of his days in prison. She stated, “I just signed your death warrant,” as she imposed the sentence.
Judge Aquilina gave Nassar the opportunity to address the court before sentencing, at which time, Nassar apologized for his misconduct. He stated, “Your words these past several days have had a significant effect on myself and have shaken me to my core. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days.” Unfortunately, his words did little to console his victims.