The former US Gymnastics team doctor, who was accused of molesting about 160 girls and women including some famous gymnasts like Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, was sentenced for 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina finalized the case with her decision and said, "I just signed your death warrant."
To Judge Aquilina : THANK YOU, YOU ARE MY HERO
Shout out to all of the survivors for being so brave & speaking like the queens that you are while looking at that monster. He will no longer have the power to steal our happiness or joy. I stand with every one of you ?? pic.twitter.com/b5SMmjZgeW
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 24, 2018
In the seven-day sentencing hearing, several victims came up-front with their stories against Nassar's abuse in a Lansing, Michigan courtroom.
The 54-year-old physician, who previously was sentenced to 60 years for the possession of child pornography, attempted to apologize to the victims as he said:
Your words these past several days have had a significant emotional effect on myself. I recognize that what I’m feeling pales in comparison to the pain, trauma and emotional destruction that all of you have felt. There are no words to describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days.
Aquilina rejected his report as dishonest and courtroom witnesses gasped as the judge read loudly from a letter he wrote to her pretending he was a good doctor who was manipulated into alleging wrong.
Nassar’s activities were “precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable,” the judge said. She further added:
It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.
Around 156 accusers presented their testimony in the hearing that spanned seven days. Former Olympics gold medalist Simone Biles came front with her statement about Nassar abuse some days ago. The US gymnastics champion Mattie Larson also talked about how she hurt herself to avoid his abuse.
The disgraced doctor will have the three more assault conviction in Eaton County, Michigan.
Nassar was married to his wife Stefanie Nassar who filed for divorce on January 25, 2017, following the sexual assaults charged against him. His wife is also seeking for the support of three children with Nassar.