Crime Michigan doctor gets 60-year prison sentence for child porn

19:52  07 december  2017
19:52  07 december  2017 Source:   ap.org

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Nassar, an elite Michigan sports doctor who possessed child pornography and assaulted gymnasts, was sentenced Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, to 60 years in federal prison in one of three criminal cases that ensure he will never be free again.

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Image: Larry Nassar appears at Ingham County Circuit CourtFormer Michigan State University and USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appears at Ingham County Circuit Court on Nov. 22, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Larry Nassar appears at Ingham County Circuit CourtFormer Michigan State University and USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appears at Ingham County Circuit Court on Nov. 22, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- An elite Michigan sports doctor who possessed child pornography and assaulted gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison in one of three criminal cases that ensure he will never be free again.

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff followed the government's recommendation in the porn case, saying Larry Nassar "should never again have access to children."

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(AP) - A former elite sports doctor whose sexual assault cases have rocked Michigan State University and the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former elite sports doctor whose sexual assault cases have rocked Michigan State University and the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography.

Neff said Nassar's federal sentence won't start until he completes his sentences for sexual assault. The 54-year-old will get punishments in those two cases in state court in January.

Nassar worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, the Indianapolis-based group that trains Olympians. He admits he molested girls with his hands when they sought treatment for hip and back pain.

"Underneath this veneer lurked a predator," Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Lewis said in a court filing.

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

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

In a court filing, defense lawyers said Nassar "deeply regrets the pain that he has caused the community."

The child pornography was discovered last year when Nassar was being investigated for assault.

Aside from the criminal cases, more than 100 women and girls are suing Nassar. Michigan State and USA Gymnastics are defendants in many of the lawsuits.

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