A federal judge on Thursday sentenced disgraced former Team USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to 60 years in prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography, according to the Lansing State Journal and other outlets.
U.S. District Judge Janet Neff announced the sentence, which marks the first of three prison terms being imposed on Nassar for child porn crimes or sexual abuse. The child pornography violations emerged after Michigan State University officials launched a sexual assault investigation in August 2016 after former gymnast Rachael Denhollander accused him of abusing her as a teen.
In July, Nassar pleaded guilty to three child pornography charges in federal court, ABC News reported via ESPN. Under the terms of a plea agreement signed at the time, Nassar could receive a minimum sentence of 27 years. But, recently, prosecutors have asked the court to give Nassar 60 years, ESPN reports.
Gymnast McKayla Maroney, who accused Nassar of sexual abuse in October, gave a victim impact statement to the judge, detailing the abuse she allegedly suffered at Nassar’s hands. She requested the maximum sentence for Nassar in her letter and was spotted entering the courtroom Thursday morning, per the Lansing State …read more