Former USA Olympic gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to sexual abuse

26 November, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Raisman attends the 2017 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre Nov. 13 2017 in New York

He worked with USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University for almost three decades before he was sacked.

Nassar is accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of girls while he served as team doctor for Team USA, Michigan State University and for a gymnastics center in Dimondale, Mich.

"For all those involved".

"I'm so horribly sorry", he said. "I have no animosity toward anyone". "I want them to heal", he said. I want this community to heal.

Nassar lost his license to practice medicine in the U.S. in April. Instead, he agreed to a plea deal that could get him a minimum prison sentence of 25 years.

Nassar must also await a separate sentencing on federal child pornography charges in a hearing scheduled for Monday.

Some of the alleged abuse victims who have reported claims against Nassar include US Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina responded: "You used your position of trust in the most vile way: to abuse children".

"I kind of feel like it was a manipulation tactic of him saying well I'm doing this for you guys, I'm doing this so you can start healing and the community can start healing", she said.

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Judge Aquilina added that Nassar's victims were "superheroes for all of America, because this is an epidemic". Several accusers were angry with his apology. I just want healing. "He was such a master manipulator, and I think that's what's important for people to understand is that these monsters are so good at manipulating you so you're so brainwashed to think-I thought he was so nice".

According to CNN.com, three of the charges represented victims under 13, while another three applied to victims ages 13 to 15. Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse.

WELLS: Jump forward now 20 years.

In an Instagram post Tuesday, Douglas apologized for her commenting on Raisman's case in a now-deleted tweet that said "it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd".

Sentencing is set for January 12.

Douglas, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, said she didn't disclose his abuse earlier because "for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were very painful". The school's gymnastics coach, Kathie Klages, was suspended and stepped down past year.

"The showing of them today, I'm very proud of them for being here for finding those voices", she said. Manly said the organization never informed Michigan State, however, which had investigated a complaint in 2014 only to clear Nassar. Eventually, Boyce says, she worked up the courage to tell Kathie Klages, her coach at Michigan State University.

"Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up?" she said in an interview with "60 Minutes" this month. Nassar admitted to this during the plea hearing.


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