Former gymnastics doctor Nassar apologizes to victims

The coach of the gold-medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team at the London Olympics in 2012 is under criminal investigation following accusations that came to light during the sexual assault case against disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

That finally changed in 2016 when The Indianapolis Star spoke to Rachael Denhollander and published an article documenting Nassar's abuse.

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not responded to allegations of neglect directly, they have issued a public statement. He was also a leader in community, serving as the sports team doctor for Holt Public Schools and Sunday school teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing.

Lou Anna Simon resigned as Michigan State's president on January 24 and athletic director Mark Hollis followed two days later.

Grining said it's important to not let one bad apple like Nassar ruin the sport for those who are still interested in gymnastics.

Before the actress introduced singer Dua Lipa on stage, she was seen wearing a T-shirt that simply said the two words, giving a shout-out to Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

"You have a second chance to do the right thing", Boyce said.

The latest sentence of 40 to 125 years was handed down on Monday and was for Nassar's molestation of young athletes at Twistars, an elite MI gymnastics club.

"We will now be turning our attention with even greater force to the institutional dynamics that led to the greatest sexual assault scandal in history", Denhollander said.

Several resignations have followed, and MSU, the gymnastics governing organisation and the US Olympic Committee all are facing investigations. He had been a doctor at the youth gymnastics club Twistars, which is located in Eaton County. Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham termed the scope of Nassar's crimes "beyond comprehension" as she issued her sentence.

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The former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician had pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Eaton County.

Some victims say the abuse occurred decades ago. "It spans the country and the world". And I do not believe that there is a likelihood that you could be reformed.

"This was the first time I heard of Larry Nassar and his reputation", the former gymnast said in court Wednesday.

The case centers on sexual assaults at Twistars, a gym for elite gymnasts. He admitted to using his position as a trusted doctor to sexually abuse young girls under the guise of providing medical treatment.

Numerous speakers in court during the past several weeks used their time to demand accountability from the people and institutions they say could have stopped Nassar sooner. Seven of those counts came from crimes in Ingham County, where Michigan State and Nassar's former clinic are located.

She says victim shaming and parent shaming "must stop". According to ESPN, he would not be eligible for parole until the year 2117.

"The sentence in this case must send a message", she said.

The sentence is largely symbolic because the 54-year-old is already assured of spending the rest of his life in prison.

Nassar gave a small statement of regret before the court ruling on Monday. He listened to dozens of victims last week and was nearly attacked by a man whose three daughters said they were molested.

  • Adam Floyd