Published: Чт, Декабря 07, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

MI doctor gets 60-year prison sentence for child porn

MI doctor gets 60-year prison sentence for child porn

A MI sports doctor was sentenced Thursday to serve 60 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

He was given 20 years in prison on each count by a judge at a court hearing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the newspaper said. "Mr. Nassar was, is and, in my view, will continue to be a danger to children".

"He should never have access to children again", Judge Neff said during court proceedings, per MLive.

'You have to wonder whether he felt he was omnipotent, whether he felt he was getting away with something so cleverly, ' Neff added.

Nassar pleaded guilty in July to three federal charges after investigators said he possessed at least 37,000 graphic videos and images of child pornography, including images of prepubescent children engaged in sex acts. He also pleaded guilty on charges of trying to destroyed evidence. On Nov. 22, he pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, after maintaining for more than a year that his medical treatments had been legitimate.

McKayla Maroney won a silver medal on vault at the 2012 London Olympics. In both cases, plea deals dictate a minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years and a maximum of life in prison, the State Journal reports. Plaintiffs are also suing USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University, where he was a doctor and faculty member. USA Gymnastics sent him to nearly every summer Olympic Games, from 1996 in Atlanta - where he was photographed in the iconic image of an injured Kerri Strug being helped off a platform - to London in 2012.

Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas say they were victims when Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics and accompanied them at workouts or global events.

"It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first national team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport", Maroney wrote, ESPN reported.

U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman also filed a complaint.

Federal prosecutors, however, had argued for the maximum 60 years, saying Nassar "poses an enormous risk to the community" and quoting one victim who said the 54-year-old "will not hesitate to reoffend" if he's ever freed. "Deciding to read it in court, in front of Larry, was not easy".

Nassar, 54, still awaits sentencing in two separate state cases that he sexually assaulted women and girls under his care.

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