team doctor Nassar pleads guilty to additional sexual conduct
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[November 30, 2017]
By Rory Carroll
(Reuters) - Larry Nassar, the former
USA Gymnastics team doctor, pleaded guilty in a Michigan court on
Wednesday to additional counts of criminal sexual conduct for
assaulting girls under the guise of medical treatment, Michigan
Attorney General Bill Schuette said.
Nassar, 54, appeared in Michigan's Eaton County Circuit Court and
pleaded guilty to three felony counts of first degree criminal
He did not make a statement beyond briefly answering the judge's
questions, according to The Detroit News. Nassar's attorneys did not
immediately respond to a request for comment.
Nassar was the team physician for the Michigan State University
gymnastics and women's crew teams, as well as an associate professor
at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served as the USA
Gymnastics physician through four Olympic Games.
Last week, Nassar pleaded guilty in nearby Ingham County to seven
felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct despite his
earlier denials of wrongdoing..
Wednesday's guilty pleas put an end to criminal sexual conduct
charges brought by the Michigan Attorney General's office against
Nassar in Eaton and Ingham counties.
The Eaton County sentencing hearing will be held on Jan. 31.
The Ingham County sentencing hearing will be held on Jan. 12 when
all of the 125 reported victims or their parents will be allowed to
give victim impact statements.
Last week's plea deal with prosecutors calls for a minimum prison
sentence of 25 years but the judge could set the minimum as high as
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Former USA Gymnastics' team physician Larry Nassar poses in this
handout photo received November 10, 2017. Department of Attorney
General/Handout via REUTERS
Nassar's plea deal follows claims by two of the United States' most
decorated gymnasts, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, that they had
been sexually abused by the former USA Gymnastics team doctor.
Three-times Olympic gold medalist Douglas earlier this month said
she was sexually abused by Nassar while Raisman, also a three-times
gold medalist, made similar allegations in an interview with CBS
News program "60 Minutes."
During the Nov. 22 hearing, Nassar apologized and said it was time
for his victims to begin healing, The Detroit News reported.
(Reporting by Rory CarrollEditing by Marguerita Choy)
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