Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Compelling moments from Larry Nassar's Eaton County sentencing hearing

Compelling moments from Larry Nassar's Eaton County sentencing hearing

The former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and at Michigan State University has pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual conduct in Eaton County, where Twistars is located.

USA Gymnastics and Michigan State have denied wrongdoing, and USA Gymnastics said it reported the allegations to authorities when it learned about the sexual abuse.

More than 260 women and girls say they were victims, some going back to the 1990s.

The Eaton County sentence will be served concurrently with the Ingham County sentence but after the child pornography sentence, the judge said.

Women also delivered impact statements at this latest hearing, adding to some of the more than 150 people who spoke at Nassar's sentencing two weeks ago.

The state attorney general and NCAA are investigating how MSU let abuse go on for two years after the initial reports about its Sports Medicine Clinic employee.

Lou Anna Simon resigned as Michigan State's president on January 24 and athletic director Mark Hollis followed two days later. Minutes earlier, Nassar told a room full of some of the women he manipulated and abused that their words would stay with him in prison for the rest of his life. He was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a separate but related case under Judge Aquilina.

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According to the New York Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigations approached Nassar's case "with little evident urgency", and that the inquiry wound up taking over a year.

She plans to lead the charge in holding institutions accountable, and says she will see these issues through to the end. Michigan State, the school which employed Nassar, is facing lawsuits from more than 140 alleged victims. She asked anyone who enabled Nassar to prey on young women for as long as he did to come forward and explain how that happened.

Nassar told the court: "It's impossible to convey the breadth and depth of how sorry I am to each and every one". An FBI investigation, started in 2015 with a complaint from USA Gymnastics, languished for more than a year. Nassar's abuse mostly took place stateside in either MI or Texas, but also happened on the road, during Olympic events around the globe.

Nassar has admitted to using his bare hands to penetrate girls under the guise of medical treatment at the gymnastics club Twistars.

Nassar will begin serving his sentences in a federal prison but it was not immediately clear which one.

The Eaton County, Mich., judge who was present at the time of the attempted attack, Janice Cunningham, said that there was "no way" she could punish Margraves for his actions, citing that his pain was too great for her to fathom.

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