The former sports doctor whose serial sexual abuse of girls and young women upended the gymnastics world was sentenced today to a third prison term of 40 to 125 years for molesting young athletes at an elite MI training center.
Nassar, a former doctor with Team USA Gymnastics, was sentenced to another 40 to 125 years in prison by a MI judge Monday.
The Eaton County hearing was mostly related to abuse Nassar by at Twistars, a club in Dimondale, Mich., that was run by 2012 Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert. He admitted to using his position as a trusted doctor to sexually abuse young girls under the guise of providing medical treatment.
In December, a federal judge handed him a 60-year sentence on child pornography possession.
Monday's court proceeding in MI marked the end of the current criminal cases against Nassar and caps an extraordinary outpouring from more than 200 ex-patients who presented impact statements during nine days of hearings.
Dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit with shackles around his waist, he read from note cards and said that the victim statements given in court had "impacted me to my innermost core". "I understand and acknowledge that it pales in comparison to the pain, trauma and emotions that you all are feeling".
The coach of the gold-medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team at the London Olympics in 2012 is under criminal investigation following accusations that came to light during the sexual assault case against disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Judge Janice Cunningham said she did not believe Nassar understood the severity of his crimes after he suggested in a pre-sentencing interview that he had done nothing wrong. Nassar, 54, would not be eligible for parole until the year 2117.
Larissa Boyce, who in 1997 reported Nassar to Michigan State's gymnastics coach, said the shared experience of the victims will make them "sisters for life". In that time - the 14 months between July 2015 and Nassar's arrest in September 2016 - the former Olympic doctor assaulted at least 40 more young women. "Because, sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again", Aquilina said at the previous sentencing.
"I never got a phone call from the police or the FBI", Gina Nichols, the mother of one of Nassar's victims told the Times.
The Michigan Attorney General's Office, which prosecuted Nassar, said on Friday that 265 women and girls now have reported abuse to law enforcement.
Michigan State has hired Bill Beekman to be the school's interim athletic director.