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Victims from Larry Nassar case showed bravery by sharing their story

Victims from Larry Nassar case showed bravery by sharing their story”

Nassar was previously sentenced to 40 to 175 years in a different MI county for molesting seven girls and to 60 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

The third and final case against Nassar focused on sexual abuse at an elite gymnastics facility in Eaton County, Michigan.

Since last month, more than 200 women spoke over nine days in two county court rooms about the impact the sexual abuse inflicted by Nassar has had on their lives. The sentencing came on top of 60 years he received after pleading guilty in December to federal charges of possession of child pornography.

Dozens of woman made victim impact statements during the final sentencing hearing.

Nassar issued an apology to his victims in court, but the judge did not seem to be particularly moved by his words, telling him "I am not convinced that you understand what you did was wrong".

Several women said they reported his abuse to coaches, trainers and adults at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State.

Its longtime president, Lou Anna Simon, resigned last month, and the board of trustees voted unanimously to name John Engler, the former governor of MI, as its interim president.

Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced Nassar yesterday to between 40 and 125 years in prison.

At Nassar's sentencing hearing two weeks ago, 15-year-old Emma Ann Miller told the court Nassar had molested her in August 2016 at MSU.

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According to the New York Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigations approached Nassar's case "with little evident urgency", and that the inquiry wound up taking over a year.

"You can not behave like that", she said.

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.

Nassar admitted penetrating three girls with his hands when he was supposed to be treating them for injuries. An FBI investigation, started in 2015 with a complaint from USA Gymnastics, languished for more than a year.

"This was the first time I heard of Larry Nassar and his reputation", the former gymnast said in court Wednesday.

The fallout has already been widespread with the entire board of USA Gymnastics and the President of Michigan State already resigning.

There is still an ongoing investigation into how Nassar was able to get away with his heinous misconduct for so long and who may have enabled it, either directly or indirectly.

While it's more than safe to say that Nassar will never set foot outside prison walls again, other people and entities have yet to be held accountable within his trail of abuse.

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