A disgraced Michigan doctor who admits he sexually assaulted gymnasts and possessed child abuse images has pled guilty in a third criminal case
A disgraced Michigan sports doctor who admits he sexually assaulted female gymnasts and possessed child abuse images pleaded guilty on Wednesday in a third criminal case, acknowledging that he molested girls who sought treatment for injuries.
Larry Nassar, who worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, said he molested girls with his hands at Twistars gymnastics club in Eaton County, near Lansing. A week ago, he made a separate but similar guilty plea nearby in Ingham County, the home of his campus clinic.
Guilty, your honor, Nassar told a judge in response to charges involving a girl under 13 and two teenagers at Twistars, where gymnasts with hip and back injuries sought his help. Nassar, 54, has dropped his claim that he was performing legitimate treatment.
In a third case, Nassar will be sentenced in federal court on 7 December for possessing child abuse images. He faces decades in prison. Meanwhile, more than 100 women and girls are suing him.
Im so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control, Nassar told a judge last week.
The criminal cases followed reports last year in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches. Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse.
Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas say they were victims of Nassar.
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