In 2017, news broke that former USA Gymnastics doctor, Dr. Larry Nassar, was accused of sexually abusing more than 140 women. Nassar’s victims included several top gymnasts such as Olympic gold medalists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and others.
Dr. Nassar’s trial has been intense as he was forced to face more than 100 of his victims in court as they shared their devastating sexual abuse experiences. Their powerful and heartfelt testimonies, which included one from Olympian Aly Raisman and nonmedical victim Kyle Stephens, made national headlines.
Nassar’s sentencing took place on Wednesday, January 24th. Following the women’s emotional testimonies, the judge handed down a harsh sentence to who many now refer to as the “child molester.”
This sentencing comes shortly after Nassar was already sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography charges.
Prior to the sentencing, the judge refused to read an entire letter by Nassar because it reportedly had “disturbing” information that could traumatize the victims who came forward. However, she did read a former statement from Nassar that emphasized his troubles with the 60-year sentence he received.
The judge also pointed out that Nassar knew he has a problem, but refused to seek treatment, referring to Nassar as a "sexual predator." Instead, he put himself in a position where temptation escalated—with hundreds of young women, who fully trusted him, training to be accomplished gymnasts.
"Sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again...you did not do anything to control those urges...anywhere you walk will face destruction," she fired at the former doctor.
Nassar did not withdraw his plea deal and refused to admit that he was guilty. Ultimately, Nassar received 175 years in prison. She has also already signed his death warrant.
The live feed was streamed Wednesday morning. Watch the video below:
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