Former sports doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison, marking his final criminal punishment in a sex abuse scandal that has roiled Michigan State University and major us sports associations.
Nassar has been sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison in Eaton County.
Nassar was already facing a lifetime behind bars for two prior sentences after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting women and girls in his role as a sports medicine doctor at US Gymnastics and at Michigan State University clinic.
The charges in Eaton County are related to sexual abuse that occurred at Twistars gym, where Nassar worked for years.
Scores of women and girls, including Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, told the Lansing courtroom about the abuse they say they suffered. He likely won't have an opportunity to serve either of them though, because the 54-year-old Nassar is also now serving a federal sentence of 60 years in child pornography charges.
Monday's court proceeding in MI marked the end of the current criminal cases against Nassar and caps an extraordinary outpouring from more than 200 ex-patients who presented impact statements during nine days of hearings.
In 1997, two gymnasts reported Nassar, but an investigation was not initiated until 2004, when another girl reported abuse.
The Nassar controversy has cast a shadow over Michigan State, with Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon resigning and athletic director Mark Hollis retiring.More news: The 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest field is excellent
Nassar addressed the court on Monday saying "it's impossible to express how sorry I am", telling the survivors "the visions of your testimonies will forever be present in my thoughts".
However, Judge Cunningham told Nassar he was "still in denial" about his actions, citing an earlier pre-sentencing interview in which he said his actions were legitimate medical treatment.
Numerous victims have filed lawsuits against USA Gymnastics and Michigan State, accusing them of ignoring complaints against Nassar.
"Society must be protected from Larry Nassar", she said. "It spans the country and the world".
The US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics have launched several probes into claims they failed to investigate complaints of misconduct over the course of several years. He's 54 years old, and will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Combined, Nassar faces a maximum of 360 years in prison.
Athletes were drawn to Nassar for treatment due to his reputation as the go-to doctor for Olympic gymnasts.