Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor, plead guilty to seven counts of first-degree sexual assault on Wednesday, and admitted that he used his position of power to rape underage girls. Among those who have implicated Nassar include: Fab Five-er Aly Raisman, USA gymnast McKayla Maroney, and gold medalist Gabby Douglas.
Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar repeated his plea of "guilty" for seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. https://t.co/zALlRPcEiu
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Each offense comes with a minimum of 25 to 40 years of prison time and a maximum of a life sentence.
Nassar admitted to digitally penetrating seven girls, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic, between 1998 and 2015.
“For all those involved … I’m so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control,” he said in a courtroom packed with tearful accusers and others. “I pray the rosary every day for forgiveness. I want them to heal. I want the community to heal.”
"I'm so horribly sorry," former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar says after pleading guilty to 7 charges of criminal sexual conduct. "I want them to heal. I want this community to heal." – KCTV pic.twitter.com/wzxR5TD4yf
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Nassar, who lost his physician’s license in April, admitted his conduct had no legitimate medical purpose and that he did not have the girls’ consent. The 125 girls and young women who have filed reports of abuse with campus police will be able to speak at his Jan. 12 sentencing.
The victims may never forget what happened to them, but they all can take great pleasure that Larry Nassar can’t hurt anyone else going forward.