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 plea deal allowed for all 125 victims who reported assaults to Michigan State Police to give victim impact statements when Nassar is sentenced in January, CNN reported. In the wake of the court case, Olympic medal victor McKayla Maroney spoke out against her sport's governing body, and the team for the way they handled the years of abuse that many athletes faced at the hands of Nassar.
"I'm so sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire, out of control", he said. "I want people to know that I really didn't know what was happening to me", Raisman said on the Today Show earlier in November. I have no animosity toward any one. "We need to move forward in a sense of growth and healing and I pray (for) that".
Olympic champion Gabby Douglas revealed on Tuesday she was also abused by a former United States team doctor as she issued a new statement responding to allegations she "victim-shamed" team-mate Aly Raisman.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar he used his position of trust "in the most vile way" to abuse children.
"You violated the oath that you took, which is to do no harm, and you harmed them".
Raisman tweeted in reaction to the hearing that she was "disgusted" the court referred to Nassar as a "doctor".
Do you think Larry Nassar's plea was enough? He does NOT deserve that.
The Michigan criminal cases against Nassar followed reports past year in the Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches. He is also awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges in July, in which he targeted victims as young as six years old.