Larry Nassar hit with 40-125 years in final sentencing
Disgraced gymnastics doctor sentenced for sexual conduct charges in Michigan.
The FBI investigation into serial sex offender Larry Nassar was beginning to face scrutiny Monday, even as the disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor was sentenced to a third prison — this time for up to 125 years — for the murder of hundreds of young girls at an elite training center.
In the case for which he was sentenced Monday, Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty to penetrate girls with ungloved hands if they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, Michigan gymnastics club that was run by a 2012 U.S. Olympic coach.
More than 260 women and girls have said that they were attacked by a Nassar, with a number of allegations dating as far back as in the 1990s. Most of the victims who wanted to speak publicly or filing a declaration did that earlier, during Nassar’s seven-day hearing in Ingham County — including the 2012 Olympic teammates Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney. In that case, he was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in another country, and a 60-year federal term for child pornography crimes. He worked for the Michigan State and the united states Gymnastics, which trains olympic athletes.
Monday’s sentence comes amid questions about the pace of the federal probe into the Nassar accusations.
Larry Nassar is listening to Rachael Denhollander gives her victim impact statement on Feb. 2.
(Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
From the time that Nassar began to be investigated by the FBI in July 2015 when he was publicly named in a blockbuster investigation by the Indianapolis Star in September 2016, at least 40 girls and women are known to have been molested, according to an analysis by the New York Times.
Three of the victims that were part of the desk research were world-class athletes, including two Olympic gold medalists — but it took almost a year before they were questioned by FBI agents, according to The Times.
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“I never got a phone call from the police or the F. B. I.” Gina Nichols, the mother of the gymnast, Maggie Nichols, told the New York Times. There is not one person. Not one. Not one. Not one.”
The FBI refused to answer detailed questions from the newspaper on her research, instead, says in a statement “the safety and well-being of our youth is a top priority for the F. B. I.,” and the scope of the Nassar research “transcended jurisdictions.”
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The Nassar scandal also rocked the Michigan State, who has been accused of repeatedly missed opportunities to stop Nassar. The doctor had a campus office, and was a respected figure in sports medicine.
Lou Anna Simon resigned as the Michigan State president on Jan. 24 and athletic director Mark Hollis followed two days later. The old leader of usa Gymnastics, Steve Penny, quit last March, and all members of the board recently resigned on the question of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
A law firm has been hired to investigate how the USOC responded to knowledge of the allegations against Nassar.
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The study also has deep emotions that play in the court under the victims and their families. On Friday, Nassar was almost attacked by a man with three daughters said they were abused.
Victim is the father of the cost Larry Nassar on the sentencing hearing
Randy Margraves was tackled by police officers on Friday before he could pummel Nassar. He said that he wanted just a minute in a locked room with the “demon”.
“This can be a lawless society. I know that,” Margraves, 58, told reporters during a public apology. “I lost control, but I got the control later in a cell.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed