The former USA Gymnastics team doctor who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing team members during medical appointments complained that listening to victim impact statements during his sentencing hearing would cause him too much stress.
In a six-page letter submitted to the court, Larry Nassar said he was “concerned about my ability to face witnesses these next four days, mentally.”
The judge presiding over the hearing, County Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, calmly and thoroughly dismissed Nassar’s complaint in a more than 15-minute scolding.
“This isn’t worth the paper it’s written on,” Aquilina said. “There’s no truth in here. It’s delusional.”
Nassar accused Aquilina of trying to gain media exposure by allowing more than 100 accusers to give victim impact statements during the nearly weeklong sentencing hearing, calling it a “media circus.”
“I don’t think there’s any surprise, because media has followed you in the federal system, through every stage, and here,” Aquilina said. “I didn’t ask any media to be here. … This is a public courtroom and I believe in open courts.
“I don’t need any cameras,” she continued. “You all are certainly are free not to take my picture. I don’t have a dog in this fight, sir. I didn’t orchestrate this; you did, by your actions and by your plea of guilty.”
Nassar’s own plea agreement allowed for the victim impact statements, and the volume of statements speaks to the severity and breadth of Nassar’s crimes.
Nassar has been sitting through these often graphic and emotional testimonies since Tuesday, and will continue to do so until Friday or Monday when he is sentenced. He has wept through some of the statements.
No sympathy from Aquilina is forthcoming, however.
“Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense and ruining their lives,” Aquilina said.
Nassar is currently serving a 60-year sentence on child pornography charges, and will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars regardless of what sentence Aquilina hands down.
(H/T M Live)