Ex-Olympics doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

Brandon Parsons
November 26, 2017

Complaints against Dr. Nassar reportedly go back 20 years, but U.S. gymnastics fired him in 2015, which is when the organization claims to have been made aware of the abuse.

He faces at least 25 years in prison, with his sentencing hearing set for January 12, where victims or their parents will be able to give victim impact statements.

The hearing comes after a third former US Olympian, Gabby Douglas, accused him of sexual abuse.

For all those involved, and - that I'm so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control. "I want them to heal", he said. I just want healing.

NASSAR: And I pray the rosary every day for forgiveness.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina called those who came forward to report incidents with Nassar "superheroes". "You violated the oath that you took to do no harm". Nasser was the national gymnastics team doctor for nearly two decades before being fired in 2015 for using medical treatment as cover to sexually abuse more than 140 women, almost all of them teenage gymnasts.

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

In addition to being part of the 2012 Olympic women's gymnastics team known as the "Fierce Five", Douglas also was a member of the 2016 "Final Five" that competed in the Rio de Janeiro.

When the girls' teammate, Simone Biles clapped back at Douglas, saying that she expected more of her, the latter clarified her comment, admitting that she, too, had been assaulted by the former doctor.

Raisman tweeted in reaction to the hearing that she was "disgusted" the court referred to Nassar as a "doctor".

Ms. Maroney was the first of the gold medal-winning gymnasts to publicly accuse Dr. Nassar when she revealed details of her abuse in October, and Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist from the 2000 team, was among the initial group of Dr. Nassar's accusers a year ago. Mr Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations. He stopped working with USA Gymnastics in 2015 and was sacked by MSU in September 2016 after two former patients publicly accused him of sexual abuse.

They added that it was "important" that he acknowledged "his appalling and devious conduct" in court and said the deal "permits punishment without further victimisation of survivors".

The Olympic gold medallist has also claimed she was abused by Larry Nassar, who is in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges.

Before accepting the plea, Judge Aquilina asked him to confirm that he did not wear gloves when abusing his victims between 1998 and 2015, when he was sacked. He waived his right to assert his previous defense, that what he did constituted legitimate medical treatment. "It was for your own objective, is that right?", the judge asked. The judge also said Wednesday that all Nassar victims will be allowed to speak at his sentencing.

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