A former US Olympic gymnastics team doctor will die in prison after 150 women accused him of abuse.
As reported by the BBC, Judge Rosemarie Aqualina told Larry Nassar during the hearing ‘I’ve just signed your death warrant’.
The 54-year-old pleaded guilty to several accounts of sexual assault against both girls and young women including many Olympians.
You can watch Nassar be sentenced here:
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Over the past seven days 156 women have come to testify in court against Nassar, choosing to speak without anonymity, sharing strikingly similar stories.
Visiting their team doctor for treatment, the women were sexually assaulted by Nassar with some being so young and innocent they didn’t realise until later in life what happened to them, was actually abuse.
Nassar was given the chance to address his accusers in court at the end of the hearing saying:
Your words these past several days, your words, have had a significant emotional effect on myself and has shaken me to my core.
What I am feeling pales in comparison to the pain, trauma, and emotional destruction that all of you are feeling.
There are no words to describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred.
I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days.
However, those tearful words were revealed to be completely meaningless and hollow as Judge Aqualina pulled out a letter submitted by Nassar last week.
Reading it out loud, Nassar had written:
What I did in the state cases was medical, not sexual, but because of the [federal porn conviction] I lost all credibility.
So I’m trying to avoid a trial to save the stress to my community, my family but look what’s happening. It’s wrong.
I was a good doctor, because my treatments worked and those patients that are now speaking out were the same ones that praised and came back over and over. The media convinced them that it was wrong and bad.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Nassar did not stop there though and later in the letter, he attempted to paint himself as a martyr.
I was so manipulated by the Attorney General and now Aquilina and all I wanted was to minimise stress to everyone.
Now [the victims] are seeking the media attention and financial reward.
The judge told Nassar he’ll be left ‘in darkness for the rest of his life’ as he will die in jail, adding:
As much as it was my honour and privilege to hear the sister survivors, it was my honour and privilege to sentence you.
Because, sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again.
Nassar was also sentenced to 60 years for possession of child pornography.
As the judge finished reading his sentence, witnesses stood up in the courtroom to applaud her verdict.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.