Larry Nassar Is Sentenced to Another 40 to 125 Years in Prison

Chelsea West
February 8, 2018

The controversy surrounding Nassar - who also pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges in July and was eventually sentenced to 60 years in prison - has prompted numerous institutions that failed to keep his young victims safe to examine where the safeguards failed.

One of the first women to publicly accuse former sports doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse says victims are now focusing on "institutional dynamics" that allowed the abuse to occur.

The latest sentence of 40 to 125 years was handed down on Monday and was for Nassar's molestation of young athletes at Twistars, an elite MI gymnastics club.

The sentences in Eaton and Ingham are separate, but will be served concurrently, if Nassar survives the 60 years he is set to spend in federal prison for child pornography.

The sheriff's office in Eaton County, Michigan, where John Geddert owns a training facility, said there is an open criminal investigation against the high-profile coach.

Geddert was suspended by USA Gymnastics in January and he announced his retirement shortly thereafter.

More than 260 women and girls says Nassar sexually abused them while seeing him for medical treatment.

Defendant Larry Nassar and his defense attorney Matt Newburg listen to Judge Janice Cunningham hand down his prison sentence during the sentencing hearing of Nassar in Charlotte, Michigan, Feb. 5, 2018.

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The abuse came to light after an Indianapolis Star investigation in 2016 reported accusations against Dr. Nassar that went back decades.

The focus will shift to lawsuits and multiple probes of Nassar's actions and those of people around him when he worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, the sport's governing body.

"I agree that now is a time of healing, but it may take them a lifetime of healing while you spend your lifetime behind bars thinking about what you did in taking away their childhood".

Separately, USA Gymnastics said it became aware of Nassar's sexual abuse in the summer of 2015 when three top gymnasts said he abused them.

Dozens of woman made victim impact statements during the final sentencing hearing. The Times also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation claimed many allegations against Nassar "transcended jurisdictions".

"The EB have unwavering support of athletes who have brought light and visibility to this shocking situation", she said.

Some of the young athletes who confronted Nassar in court said Geddert was physically abusive.

A number of his victims said they felt violated during the procedure and complained to coaches, trainers or even police.

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