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Sheriff: Investigation underway into MI gym and gymnastics coach tied to Nassar

08 February, 2018, 12:24 | Author: Melinda Barton
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The latest round of sentencing has seen Nassar sit through testimony from dozens of victims over two days last week.

Disgraced former Team USA gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar has had another 40 to 125 years added to his sentence for sexual abuse charges.

Nassar told the court: "It's impossible to convey the breadth and depth of how sorry I am to each and every one". He pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County in MI and was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison two weeks ago. On Jan. 24, he was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina handed him the term.

The Eaton County hearing was mostly related to abuse Nassar by at Twistars, a club in Dimondale, Mich., that was run by 2012 Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert.

The fallout is just beginning for the institutions that employed Nassar for decades, specifically USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. They told the judge how he sexually assaulted them under the guise that he was performing medical treatments.

In both Ingham and Eaton counties, girls and women gave wrenching and powerful accounts of how Nassar abused them, sometimes with their own parents present in the exam room.

The 54-year-old Nassar will first serve the 60 years of federal time, then begin the state sentence.

Numerous women who spoke were former athletes; others were not, and had experienced Nassar's abuse during doctor's visits for ailments like back pain.

"Clearly you're in denial", Cunningham told Nassar.

Makayla Thrush, also a former Twistars gymnast, said Geddert threw her against a training apparatus when he was angry with her, rupturing lymph nodes in her neck and tearing muscles in her stomach.

Boyce was one of the final women to address the court in a statement made Friday afternoon.

"These places need to be more transparent so that this can never, ever happen again, anywhere", Boyce said. Klages reportedly knew of allegations against Nassar as early as 1997, and was suspended by the university amid the Nassar investigation before retiring the next day.

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has ordered an independent investigation, while USA Gymnastics has confirmed it has received resignations from all members of its Board of Directors. "I also recognize that what I am feeling pales in comparison to the pain, trauma and emotional destruction that all of you are feeling".



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