McKayla Maroney, recounting sexual abuse, calls ex-USA Gymnastics doctor a 'monster'

Arnold Nichols
January 19, 2018

At least five women have said they told coaches, athletic trainers or other authority figures at Michigan State during the past two decades that Nassar was touching them inappropriately.

According to Matt Mencarini of The Lansing State Journal, Nassar wrote in the letter that he wasn't sure he could "mentally" handle four days of victim-impact statements during his sentencing.

Judge Aquilin said she didn't ask the media to be in her courtroom and doesn't understand why he's bringing up the complaints now. Nassar reportedly wrote a letter to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in an attempt to bail on listening to the victim's statements. She says Larry Nassar "left scars on (her) psyche that may never go away". It's delusional. You need to talk about these issues with a therapist and that's not me.

"Dr. Nassar was not a doctor", said the 2012 Olympic gold and silver medalist. Part of the [plea] deal here in Ingham County, Michigan, allowed for any of his victims, which number in the hundreds, to address the court and tell their stories.

Larry Nassar is (hopefully) going to spend the rest of his life in prison after committing hundreds of acts of child molestation while serving in his capacity as a doctor for USA Gymnastics.

"Included shall be the 125 victims who have reported the assaults to Michigan State University Police Department and the other victims who have been identified on the people's list", she read. "She basically said she didn't think she could fit it in her schedule".

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina has listened to more than 60 victims this week, but there are more to come Friday.

"You spent thousands of hours perpetrating sexual assault on minors", Aquilina said to Nassar.

Nassar claimed in the letter that he passed out twice before his sentencing hearing began, so Aquilina promised EMTs and mental health officials would be on alert should something happen to him.

"You're sitting here in the witness box not for you entertainment, but so your victims can face you in the eye without turning back constantly", she said. The judge dismissed it as "mumbo jumbo".

The Michigan Attorney General's office is pushing for a 40-year sentence. The 54-year-old pleaded guilty to 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct in November and received 60 years in prison on child pornography charges in December.

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