FoxNews.com - (1/24/18)
Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting young female athletes, was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison.
“I just signed your death warrant,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said after she announced the sentencing, which comes after more than 150 victims gave impact statements detailing their abuse they endured at the hands of the former team doctor. “You don’t deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again.”
Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting seven people in the Lansing area and was already sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography crimes.
Before his sentencing was announced, Nassar told his victims that "no words" can describe how sorry he is for his crimes. He said the testimony against him has "shaken me to my core."
"I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days," he said.
The 54-year-old was working at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, when he sexually abused the athletes.
His accusers, which included U.S. Olympic gymnasts Mckayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Simone Biles, said Nassar would use his ungloved hands to touch them inappropriately while they were on a table seeking help for various injuries.
“Larry, you do realize that this group of women you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time are now a force and you are nothing,” Raisman said in court on Friday.
The accusers, many of whom were children, said they trusted Nassar to care for them properly, were in denial about what was happening or were afraid to speak up. He sometimes used a sheet or his body to block the view of any parent in the room.
"You are no longer victims, you are survivors," Aquilina said before the sentencing. "It stops now. Speak out like these survivors."
Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week on more assault convictions in Eaton County, Michigan.