US Olympics doctor Nassar pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct

Doug Mendoza
November 23, 2017

A former doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.

"The conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused is appalling, and we are very sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career".

Prosecutors said they will not oppose concurrent sentencing and they will not prosecute Nassar for any of the other women who have filed complaints against him with police in MI.

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.

Separately, Nassar is also awaiting sentencing on federal charges of receiving child pornography, possessing child pornography and a charge that he hid and destroyed evidence in the case.

Sentencing is set for January 12. 'Why would they question him? "Why would they question this gymnastics god?"

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Douglas was criticised last week after an apparent barb directed at Raisman, who recently revealed she was sexually assaulted by USA team doctor Larry Nassar, who is facing multiple charges of abuse.

The 21-year-old Douglas is the latest high-profile gymnast to come forward against Nassar, who spent almost two decades as the national team doctor for USA Gymnastics before being fired in 2015. The IndyStar reporters found that the organization ignored complaints about predatory coaches and failed to alert authorities about allegations of sexual abuse.

The publication of those two accounts unleashed a flood of similar stories.

" 'I had a dream to go to the Olympics, ' she writes in a statement posted to Twitter, 'and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting'". Three of his victims were under 13 years old, and the others were between 13-15 years of age. I have no animosity toward any one. She says Nassar gave her a sleeping pill to help her sleep on the flight, and when she awoke she was alone with him in his hotel room, 'getting a "treatment". Olympic gymnast Simone Biles wrote that Douglas' note "shocks me that I'm seeing this but it doesn't surprise me. honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her". ' She does not describe his specific actions.

"I want them to heal". She thought at the time it was a legitimate medical treatment.

Earlier in November, Raisman told "60 Minutes" she was angry at Nassar and the broader culture of USA Gymnastics that she said kept victims quiet for years.

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