Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who is accused of sexually abusing over 140 girls and women, has been given what is essentially a life sentence in prison. But the sentence was handed down for a slew of seemingly unrelated charges.
According to CNN, the 54-year-old physician was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Nassar amassed a large collection of the images from 2003 to 2016. He was the USA Gymnastics team doctor until he was fired in 2015.
Numerous gymnasts, including many who were minors at the time, have come forward to accuse Nassar of taking advantage of their youth and inappropriately touching them during medical exams. It's believed Nassar's pornography habit and sexual abuse were connected.
Prosecutors claim that "there is a close link between the defendant's child pornography activities and his prolific molestation of children. The seriousness of his conduct, and the devastating impact it has had on the lives of so many, cannot be overstated."
Gold medalists Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and McKayle Maroney have all spoken out this year about the abuse. Raisman has been especially vocal.
She asked, "Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture? What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?"
Aside from the child pornography charges, Nassar pleaded guilty last month to criminal sexual conduct and will be sentenced by the state for those charges in January.
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