Judge sentences Larry Nassar to 40-175 year
More than 150 women and girls testified against the former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the country’s top gymnasts; Matt Finn reports.
Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor, was hit with new sexual assault charges in Texas on Friday.
Nassar faces six counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a child. The former doctor worked with trainer Debra Van Horn at the Karolyi Ranch, a gymnastics training facility in Texas, The Associated Press reported.
Van Horn was formally charged on one count of second degree sexual abuse of a child.
The charges against Van Horn and Nassar tribe of six accusers, Walker County prosecutor, Stephanie Stroud said during the announcement of the charges at a press conference. Walker County District Attorney David Weeks, would be extended only to say that Van Horn was accused of “acting like a party” with Nassar.
Nassar was sentenced in late January to 40 of 175 years behind bars, after he pleaded guilty to assaulting seven people in Michigan for more than a decade. The condemnation came after a week-long session, in which more than 150 accusers shared emotional statements details of the abuse.
Van Horn reportedly worked with Nassar at the Texas facility.
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Nassar, a former Michigan State coach, had previously been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography crimes.
A prosecutor, Mattie Larson, testified during a sentencing hearing in January that Van Horn “would be in the room many times Larry abused me. As a trainer, a professional trainer, it says nothing about it, I have to trust her. At least, that’s what I thought.”
The accusations against Van Horn mark the first costs to any other person in relation to Nassar’s accusations.
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The authorities an investigation in January at the now-closed Karolyi Ranch, which was run by a couple with the same name and was used by the USA Gymnastics. In May, several former gymnasts pushed authorities to investigate whether the few would have intervened in alleged cases of abuse at the facility, where two athletes claim that the former doctor attacked.
The Karolyis, Bela and Martha, who have denied any knowledge of abuse, were not charged, however, Stroud said, adding that the pair were interviewed and were busy with the enforcement of the law.
LARRY NASSAR WAS SENTENCED TO 40 TO 175 YEARS IN GYMNASTICS MOLESTATION CASE
But, she added, “It is our belief that there was a total failure by USAG (USA Gymnastics) to protect the athletes who were part of their program and to take appropriate measures as soon as they were made aware of Dr. Nassar’s actions.”
The authorities tried to find out whether someone at the facility had knowledge of Nassar the alleged assault and failed to report them, Stroud said. However, the two year statute of limitations on the not-to-report charges had expired.
“That in no way means that there are no violations on the ranch or in the ranks on USAG,” she added.
Usa Gymnastics, told the AP that the group was working with state investigators and would do “everything possible to prevent this from happening again.”
Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.