Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

2017-11-22 22:01
Larry Nassar on his way to court in Lansing in the American state of Michigan. (Paul Sancya, AP)

Larry Nassar on his way to court in Lansing in the American state of Michigan. (Paul Sancya, AP)

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Lansing - A former doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University on Wednesday pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.

Larry Nassar, 54, admitted to abusing seven girls, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic. All but one of his accusers was a gymnast. He faces similar charges in a neighbouring county and lawsuits filed by more than 125 women and girls.

Nassar lost his licence to practice medicine in April.

Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among Nassar's victims.

Some of his accusers attended the hearing in a packed Ingham County courtroom. Some were crying.

Prison sentence

"For all those involved ... I'm so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control," Nassar said. "I pray the rosary every day for forgiveness. I want them to heal. I want the community to heal".

Nassar admitted to digitally penetrating the victims and agreed that his conduct had no legitimate medical purpose and that he did not have the girls' consent.

The plea deal in Ingham County calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years, but a judge could set the minimum sentence as high as 40 years. In Michigan, inmates are eligible for parole after serving a minimum sentence.

Sentencing was set for January 12.

A prosecutor said 125 women and girls have filed complaints with Michigan State University police.


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