Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

USA Olympic doctor Nassar jailed for 60 years over child porn

USA Olympic doctor Nassar jailed for 60 years over child porn

McKayla and Erin Maroney sent in the eye-opening letters for the judge to read in private, instead of McKayla making her planned appearance in the Grand Rapids, Michigan courtroom to testify against Nassar, the former United States of America gymnastics doctor she says abused her under the guise of medical treatment for six years.

Larry Nassar, 54, will likely spend the rest of his life in jail after being sentenced to 60 years on pornography crimes.

McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas - three members of the U.S. gymnastics team that won gold at the 2012 London Olympics - are among those who've come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by Nassar.

"If Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee had paid attention to any of the red flags in Larry Nassar's behaviour, I never would have met him, I never would have been "treated" by him and I never would have been abused by him", McKayla Maroney wrote.

Nassar is a "monster" who "left scars on my psyche that may never go away", she said in a letter to the judge.

He also faces two criminal cases where he admits assaulting female gymnasts, and will be sentenced in January.

More than 100 civil claims are pending against Michigan State and USA Gymnastics.

Nassar, who has also pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual assault, was sentenced to 20 years on each of the three pornography counts against him, with the time to be served consecutively.

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"This experience has shattered McKayla", Erin Maroney wrote of her daughter, one of over 140 women to accuse Nassar of sexual abuse, in letters obtained by ESPN.

While the criminal penalties for Nassar will be decided over the next few weeks, the fallout for the organisations that employed him, or allowed him to volunteer his services and work with children, may have just begun.

The letters provided chilling and disturbing detail of the psychological toll Nassar's alleged sexual abuse took on the two-time Olympic gold medallist and former member of the "fierce five" women's gymnastics team from the 2012 London Olympics.

The woman - Rachael Denhollander, 32, of Louisville, Kentucky - then told her story to the Indianapolis Star, prompting dozens of women, including several former Team USA gymnasts, to come forward with similar allegations.

According to ESPN, FBI agents found 37,000 illegal pornographic images on a hard drive in a trash bin when they searched Nassar's home.

The child porn was discovered a year ago. Toward the end of one clip, the agent testified, Nassar is seen allegedly grabbing a hand of one girl and shoving it into the crotch of another.

He pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in July.

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