Former USA Olympic gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to sexual abuse

Oscar Cross
November 24, 2017

Larry Nassar, 54, admitted to sexually assaulting at least seven girls, all but one of whom are gymnasts, while he was working as a physician for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

He told the court: "I'm so sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire, out of control".

Douglas raised her allegations in an Instagram post Tuesday, joining her 2012 "Fierce Five" teammates McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman who have said they were molested by team physician Larry Nassar.

"I want them to heal". I just want healing. "I have no animosity toward anyone".

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina responded to Nassar's apology by saying, "I agree that now is a time of healing, but it may take them a lifetime of healing while you spend your lifetime behind bars thinking about what you did in taking away their childhood. I know some of you may take what I am about to say as insincere, but I still wanted to provide context".

Dr. Larry Nassar is currently in a Michigan jail awaiting sentencing on child pornography charges

"I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you", she said.

Douglas, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, said she didn't disclose his abuse earlier because "for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were very painful". "Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd", Douglas wrote in a tweet that she later deleted.

According to CNN, as of July, Nassar has been charged with a total of "22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and 11 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct at the state level".

Separately, Nassar is also awaiting sentencing on federal charges of receiving child pornography, possessing child pornography and a charge that he hid and destroyed evidence in the case.

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