Former doctor accused of molesting Olympic gymnasts enters guilty pleas

Nassar in court
Nassar in court. Kate Wells Michigan Radio
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25 November, 2017

Nassar admitted in court to wielding his position as a respected doctor as a way to abuse the girls-something Raisman was especially vocal about when she opened up about her own allegations against Nassar.

Nassar was the team physician for the Michigan State University gymnastics and women's crew teams as well as an associate professor at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine. Other charges were dismissed or reduced as part of a plea agreement Larry Nasser made with MI prosecutors.

The institutions issued statements Wednesday after victims and their lawyers criticized their handling of Nassar, who pleaded guilty in a MI courtroom to molesting girls under the guise of medical treatment.

Nassar, 54, could faces least 25 years in prison but could be jailed for life.

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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".

"I'm so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control", Nassar said. "I didn't publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful."Douglas's representative later confirmed to USA Today that the gymnast had been one of Nassar's victims". I just want healing.

Nassar's plea deal follows claims by two of the United States' s most decorated gymnasts Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas that they had been sexually abused by the former USA Gymnastics team doctor. "I didn't view my comments as victim shaming because I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you."It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar".

Nassar has already pleaded guilty to multiple charges of child pornography.


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