Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Gymnastics doctor jailed for 60 years for child porn

Gymnastics doctor jailed for 60 years for child porn

Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in July to possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography between 2003 and 2016. 'More safe than the President of the U.S., ' he said to him.

Olympic level gymnasts had accused Nassar of molesting them when they were children.

Meanwhile, it's been reported that negotiations to settle federal lawsuits filed by more than 140 abuse survivors against MSU, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee have failed and are now expected to go to trial.

Instead, McKayla and her mother Erin Maroney chose to testify in the form of letters, which have been made public, addressed to the federal judge presiding the case, ESPN reports.

Once one of the most respected sports physicians in the country specialising in treating gymnasts, Nassar's swift downfall started last August, when a woman filed a police report alleging Nassar had assaulted her during a medical examination years prior, when she was a 15-year-old gymnast in MI seeking treatment for back pain.

"She was transformed from a bubbly, positive, loving, world-class athlete into a young adult who was deeply depressed, at times suicidal", Erin Maroney wrote.

"It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first national team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport". "At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead". "Because the national team training camps did not allow parents to be present, my mom and dad were unable to observe what Nassar was doing".

"I didn't know anything differently", she said.

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While the criminal penalties for Nassar will be decided over the next few weeks, the fallout for the organisations that employed him, or allowed him to volunteer his services and work with children, may have just begun.

Erin Maroney also detailed one graphic incident.

In court filings last week, Nassar's attorneys had asked Neff to show leniency, saying the doctor had worked toward redemption by helping fellow inmates and taking Bible classes since his arrest almost a year ago. Each offense will come with a minimum of 25 to 40 years of prison time and a maximum of a life sentence.

"Nassar's behaviour was deeply disturbing and repugnant, as the state and federal criminal charges that he has been convicted of show".

Nassar is accused by dozens of women of molestation of young athletes at his Michigan State University clinics and the US women's team.

"He abused my trust, abused my body and left scars on my psyche that may never heal", McKayla Maroney said in her letter.

More than 100 civil claims are pending against Michigan State and USA Gymnastics.

Nassar worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, the Indianapolis-based group that trains Olympians. In her victim statement, Maroney said that she believes Nassar should spend the rest of his life in prison.

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