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Who is Larry Nassar and What did He Do As Victims Seek $1 Billion From FBI

Note: The story comprises a graphic description of sexual abuse that may be offensive to some readers or painful for the survivors of sexual assault. We deem fit to report this information as a warning and reminder of what comprises sexual abuse. 

Larry Nassar was sentenced on Wednesday (8 June) to 40 to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to several instances of sexual assault. The monstrous man used his position as a team doctor of the US Women’s National Gymnastics team to commit several sick sex crimes. Read on to learn more about this psychopath and what he did. 

Who Is Larry Nassar?

Lawrence Gerard Nassar, who is an American former osteopathic physician, is currently serving a lengthy sentence after pleading guilty to sexual assault. The serial child molester was the team doctor of the United States women’s national gymnastics team, giving him access to hundreds of girls and young women whom he sexually abused for years. 

Nassar started working as a student athletic trainer for the women’s gymnastic team at North Farmington High School when he was just 15 years old. In fact, he graduated from the said school while he provided athletic training. 

Larry studied kinesiology at the University of Michigan, earning his undergraduate degree. He also worked for the university’s track and field team during his undergrad days. The sick criminal, who hid behind the mask of a professional doctor, married his wife, Stefanie in 1996.

However, she divorced him after he was arrested on suspicion of a sex crime in 2017. His sexual abuse of young girls and women led to the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal that began in 2015. By then, Nassar had already assaulted at least 265 young women and girls in the name of medical treatment.

The Sick Sex Criminal…

As per the latest update, several women, including Olympic and United States women’s national gymnasts are seeking $1 billion from the FBI for their failure to put a halt to his crime when the agency first received allegations against him.

There’s no dispute that FBI agents in 2015 were aware that Nassar of accused of assaulting gymnasts but they failed to act, leaving him free to continue to target young women and girls for another year.

It was only in September 2016 that MSU fired Nassar from his position as an associate professional in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. USA Gymnastics has said that it cut ties with Nassar in the summer of 2015, but he disputed that, saying he left voluntarily.

Around seven women gymnasts revealed that the doctor penetrated them in the vagina with his finger during their stay in holes and training camps. Five stated that they were underage at that time and Nassar did not even wear gloves. In the name of treatment, he touched their breasts and was visibly aroused while doing so.

He pleaded to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with 10 victims in two Michigan countries. Most victims were abused during a medical appointment. The complaints revealed that his victims were sexually penetrated when he put his fingers in their vaginas without wearing gloves.

By pleading guilty to the charges, Larry admitted that he was in a position of authority as a doctor over his victims and used that position to coerce them to submit to penetration. These victims were under the age of 16 while three victims were younger than 13 years.

What did the Court Rule?

In 2017, Larry Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to child pornography and tampering with evidence charges. In January 2018, he was sentenced to an additional 40 to 175 years in the Michigan State prison after pleading guilty in Ingham County to seven counts of sexual assault of minors.

In February 2018, Nassar was convicted of an additional 40 to 125 years in the Michigan State prison when he pleaded guilty to additional three counts of sexual assault in Eaton County.

Nassar will be transferred to a Michigan State prison once he is released from federal custody. He will serve his two-state sentences concurrently. This means that the judge has ordered that his state prison sentence would run consecutively with his federal sentence, amounting to a de facto sentence of life without parole.

Nassar’s victims included former gymnasts Jeanette Antolin, Jessica Howard, Jamie Dantzsche, Maggie Nicholas and Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney. What Nassar did is unforgivable. Don’t you think he deserves a death sentence instead?

Mallika
I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.
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