The four-day sentence hearing against Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor, that started on Tuesday will see around 90 women speak of the assault they faced at the hands of the depraved doctor.
Larry Nassar is said to have sexually abused more than 140 women, mostly girls, in his capacity as the doctor for the state and national gymnastics team.
Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar is accused of sexually abusing more than 140 women. His four-day sentence hearing began on Tuesday
He pleaded guilty in Ingham County, Michigan, to seven charges of first-degree sexual assaults.
However, before sentencing him for his crimes, the judge wants his accusers to speak of the trauma and abuse they faced.
"[USA Gymnastics'] biggest priority from the beginning, and still today, is their reuptuation, the medals they win, and the money they make off of us. I don’t think that they care." -@Aly_Raisman pic.twitter.com/RWUiyHG1iT
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) January 16, 2018
US Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles revealed in a Twitter post on Monday that she, too, had been sexually abused by doctor Nassar. Moments after that, Aly Raisman, her former teammate and one of the victims, posted a photograph of the two of them holding hands. Raisman has criticized USA Gymnastics for not doing enough to prevent the abuse.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018.
Nassar, 54, has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for cases related to child pornography. He has also admitted to sexually abusing minors.
Simon Biles has accused Dr. Larry Nassar of sexual abuse
Nassar confessed to digitally penetrating 10 girls between 1998 and 2015 in November. He said in his defense that it was part of a "special" treatment.
The Michigan attorney general's office wants 40 to 125 years’ imprisonment for Nassar.