Larry Nassar, Ex-USA Gymnastics Doctor, Sentenced To 60 Years In Prison

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McKayla Maroney believes ex-doctor Larry Nassar should spend the rest of his life behind bars

"He should never have access to children again", Judge Neff said during court proceedings.

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

"He abused my trust, he abused my body and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away", Olympic gold medallist McKayla Maroney said in a victim statement submitted to Neff.

Between 1997 and 2015, at least seven women or girls say they raised concerns about Nassar's actions to coaches, trainers, police or MSU officials, the State Journal reported.

Once one of the most respected sports physicians in the country specializing in treating gymnasts, Nassar's swift downfall started last August, when a woman filed a police report alleging Nassar had assaulted her during a medical examination years prior, when she was a 15-year-old gymnast in MI seeking treatment for back pain.

Maroney said that the abuse began when she made the National Team at "13 or 14 years old" and ended when she left the sport entirely. "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".

Erin wrote that she and her husband were not allowed to stay with McKayla when she was travelling overseas, sometimes not even in the same hotel. He was assured by Steve Penny that the girls were safe at all times. "We now know that this was a lie". "No one has apologised", Erin wrote.

McKayla Maroney's letters to the judge presiding over Dr. Larry Nassar's case, coupled with her mum's, detail years of sexual abuse that changed the woman she's become.

But those women are only a small part of the scandal: At least 125 women complained to MSU, and almost 150 are involved in a civil lawsuit against Nassar, MSU, Gedderts' Twistars USA Gymnastics Club and others. "She said to me, 'Mom I thought I was going to die'".

Nassar is accused by dozens of women of molestation of young athletes at his Michigan State University clinics and the USA women's team.

Former Olympic Team USA gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 60 years in jail for three counts of child pornography. "After McKayla spoke with an investigator with USA Gymnastics in July 2015, USA Gymnastics and the USOC kept the knowledge of [Nassar's] status as a child molester secret from Michigan State University after 2015 and even said nothing when he ran for school board in his local school district!"

He also faces sentencing from state judges in Ingham and Eaton counties for 10 charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving nine young women.

While many victims have since said they tried to tell others about Nassar's behavior years ago, Denhollander's complaint was the first allegation against Nassar that was believed, prompting dozens of other survivors to come forward with similar stories.

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