Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Sentenced To 60 Years For Child Pornography

Dr. Larry Nassar appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing Mich. Wednesday Nov. 22 2017

Dr. Larry Nassar appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing Mich. Wednesday Nov. 22 2017

Gold medal winning gymnast McKayla Maroney said in a statement in October that Nassar had molested her from the time she was 13.

The letters provided chilling and disturbing detail of the psychological toll Nassar's alleged sexual abuse took on the two-time Olympic gold medallist and former member of the "fierce five" women's gymnastics team from the 2012 London Olympics.

Nassar, who has also pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual assault, was sentenced to 20 years on each of the three pornography counts against him, with the time to be served consecutively.

The publication obtained the letter written to Judge Janet Neff by Maroney and her mother. Though Nassar and his crimes were discussed, most of the comments from the victims and the attorneys centered on the institutions that enabled his abuse for years-Michigan State, USA Gymnastics, and the USOC.

Several gymnasts who say they were assaulted by Nassar while in his care for the treatment of injuries plan to talk with reporters after the child porn sentencing. At 14, she made the National Team and was introduced to Nassar.

In an interview broadcast on CBS' "60 Minutes", Raisman told CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook that she initially thought Nassar was providing legitimate medical treatment. "Because the National Team training camps did not allow parents to be present, my mom and dad were unable to observe what Nassar was doing, and this has imposed a bad and undeserved burden of guilt on my loving family".

"I had a dream to go to the Olympics", Maroney wrote in October in alleging she was abused by Nassar, "and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting". She was only 15 years old. The judge presiding over the case has said she will read the letters privately.

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"She has transformed from a bubbly, positive, loving, world-class athlete into a young adult who was deeply depressed, at times suicidal".

"Our daughter was totally failed by USA Gymnastics, by Michigan State University and by the U.S. Olympic Committee".

Michigan State fired Nassar last September.

Michigan State and USA Gymnastics are defendants in numerous lawsuits.

Concerns about Nassar's behaviours can be traced back to 1990 after four other women said they were digitally penetrated during treatment sessions in the late 90's.

Nassar, who worked with USA Gymnastics for almost three decades as a trainer and medical coordinator, could receive a minimum sentence of 27 years, but prosecutors want a 60-year prison term.

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