Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

Posted November 23, 2017

While Nassar has been accused of by more than 130 women of sexually abusive behavior, the case in Ingham County stems from charges that he inserted ungloved fingers into eight women's vaginas and rectums at MSU's sports-medicine clinic when they were under the age of 16, according to The Detroit News.

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty today to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Lansing, Michigan.

Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among Nassar's victims.

At the start of the scandal, sparked by an investigation into sex abuse in the gymnastics world by the Indianapolis Star, Nassar maintained that his "procedures" were legitimate medical practice.

The person was not authorized to publicly discuss the agreement ahead of a Wednesday court hearing for Nassar in Michigan's Ingham County and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

"For all those involved, I'm so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control", he said. "I pray the rosary every day for forgiveness". "I agree that now is a time of healing, but it may take them a lifetime of healing while you spend your life behind bars thinking of what you did by taking away their childhood".

Nassar admitted to digitally penetrating the victims and agreed that his conduct had no legitimate medical objective and that he did not have the girls' consent.

He faces up to 25 years in prison.

Charles Manson being treated in California hospital, according to TMZ
During his four decades of incarceration, Manson has been anything but a model prisoner. He has been denied parole 12 times, the most recent time in 2012.

Sentencing was set for January 12.

"You used your position of trust in the most vile way".

She called the accusers "superheroes for all of America, because this is an epidemic". "What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?"

After the hearing, one of the accusers, Larissa Boyce, said it was "really hard" to look at Nassar in the courtroom.

The 21-year-old Douglas recently drew fierce criticism on social media for her response to a tweet by Raisman which said the way a woman dresses does not give a man the right to sexually abuse her.

Several of the first-degree charges pertained to victims under 13, and all of the state-level charges involve former family friends, gymnasts and patients of Nassar, Hawthorne said.

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. Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse, sometimes when their parents were in the exam room at Michigan State.