The New York Times reports that former USA gymnastics team doctor, Lawrence Nassar, has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. Nassar was convicted on multiple sex charges, and more than 150 women confronted him publicly during the sentencing hearings.
Nassar, 54, apologized to his victims, but Judge Aquilina refuted his statements, pointing to a letter he wrote to the court last week. In the letter, he included such statements as “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” He also complained in the letter about his treatment in a federal child pornography case, stating victims were in search of fame and money. Aquilina invited his victims to the courtroom and told Nassar that his recent letter clearly shows no remorse for his crimes, thus his sentence was as harsh as possible.
Nassar molested girls as young as 6 under the guise of conducting physical examinations. Many were Olympic gymnasts. He pleaded guilty to sexual abuse against seven girls, and has already been convicted in a federal child pornography case and sentenced to 60 years in federal prison.
This week, the chairman and several board members for U.S.A. Gymnastics resigned over the melee. This organization also cut ties with the training facility in Texas where much of the alleged abuse took place.
Nassar spent several decades as a faculty physician at Michigan State University for athletes and the national gymnastics team, and the resignation of the University’s president has now been called for. The N.C.A.A. has also opened an investigation into the conduct of MSU.
The Olympic committee has also called for all members of the U.S.A. Gymnastics board to resign in light of the sentencing of Nassar. He also awaits further sentencing in yet another case where he pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual abuse in a neighboring county.
Multiple civil suits have also been filed in the matter.
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