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Ex-USA Gymnastics doc gets up to 125 more years in jail

Ex-USA Gymnastics doc gets up to 125 more years in jail

Prior to the two sentences discussed here, he also received a 60-year sentence on child pornography charges in a federal court.

The criminal cases against Nassar followed reports past year in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches.

That's in addition to seven counts in Ingham County, for which he was sentenced to 40-175 years.

In both Ingham and Eaton counties, girls and women gave wrenching and powerful accounts of how Nassar abused them, sometimes with their own parents present in the exam room.

Geddert served as the head coach of the gold-medal-winning 2012 U.S. Olympic team and has trained elite gymnasts at his club, Twistars Gymnastics in Dimondale, Michigan, since 1996.

Law enforcement in the Lansing, Michigan, area continues to investigate complaints about prominent gymnastics coach John Geddert, a spokeswoman from the Eaton County Sheriff's Department confirmed Tuesday.

More than 260 women and girls says Nassar sexually abused them while seeing him for medical treatment. Minutes earlier, Nassar told a room full of some of the women he manipulated and abused that their words would stay with him in prison for the rest of his life.

The sentencing comes after a total of 65 women confronted Nassar during the Eaton County sentencing, just as judges from his first two sentencing hearings had allotted time in the proceedings for victims to address the defendant personally.

Larry Nassar in court
Larry Nassar in court

More than a dozen of Mr Nassar's accusers filed a lawsuit against Mr Geddert a year ago, claiming he failed to report parents' concerns about sexual abuse.

"[Geddert's] abuse was your fuel", Bailey Lorencen, a former Twistars gymnast, said to Nassar during a January hearing.

"I feel like a weigh is lifted off my shoulders, this huge burden that was weighing on me for so many years", she said.

Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis, in her closing argument, reminded the judge how far-reaching Nassar's abuse was. "Tell them they matter", Denhollander said.

"We are very sorry that any athlete has been hurt by the despicable crimes Larry Nassar committed", the statement reads in part.

"It takes a monster to sexually assault a child", she said.

The widening fallout from the case has so far seen the resignations of Michigan State's president and its athletic director as well as USA Gymnastic's entire board.

She asked the judge to sentence Nassar to 40 to 125 years in prison.

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