Former USA Olympics doctor Larry Nassar pleads guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct

Former USA Olympics doctor Larry Nassar pleads guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct
Dr. Larry Nassar pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct in Michigan. More than 130 women and girls, including three members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team, have come forward with accusations against the former doctor. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Michigan State and USA Olympics doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty Wednesday to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Nassar was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades as a trainer and national medical coordinator.

What’s the story?

The 54-year-old Nassar, who appeared at the Ingham County Circuit Court in Michigan, admitted to sexually assaulting seven girls, three were under the age of 13, Us Weekly reported.

More than 130 women and girls have come forward with accusations against the former doctor.

Nassar’s most recent accuser, three-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, 23, wrote on Instagram Tuesday that she waited so long to reveal Nassar’s abuse because she was part of a group “conditioned to stay silent,” according to Fox News.

Olympic gold medal gymnasts Aly Raisman, 23, and McKayla Maroney, 21, also came forward publicly in the last month to speak out against the doctor.

“Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving medically necessary treatment that he’d been performing on patients for over 30 years,” Maroney tweeted in October.

Douglas, Raisman, and Maroney were part of the famous 2012 “Fierce Five” USA Olympic gymnastics team.

Raisman, who was captain of the “Fierce Five,” is demanding the USA Gymnastics change its policies following the sexual assault allegations against Nassar.

Did Nassar say anything to the court?

Nassar said he made the plea “to move the community forward and stop the hurting,” adding that he prays “every day for forgiveness,” Us reported.

There was no sympathy from the presiding judge.

You used your position of trust in the most vile way: to abuse children,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina responded.

When will he be sentenced?

Nassar’s sentencing hearing is Jan. 12. His victims will have an opportunity to speak at his sentencing. He faces 25 to 40 years in prison.

He’s also awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in July. Nassar is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 29 in Eaton County.

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