U.S. Gymnastics Doctor admits to sexually assaulting 125 Olympics female athletes including 11-year-old girlsBy Emily Lewis 11:13 AM November 23, 2017
A popular gymnastics doctor preyed on young female athletes who came to him for medical treatment or advice about their Olympics performances, according to police in Michigan.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that Lawrence G. Nassar, 54, of Holt, has pleaded guilty to felony criminal sexual conduct related to sexual abuse under the guise of medical treatment.
In Ingham County, Nassar pleaded guilty to 7 counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.
The sentencing hearing will be held at a later date and all 125 reported victims, or their parents, as well as other victims, will be allowed to give victim impact statements at the sentencing hearing.
According to police, some of the doctor’s victims were under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged assaults.
“Dr. Nassar preyed on these young girls, and he used his status and authority to engage in horrid sexual assaults under the guise of medical procedures. He violated the oath that every doctor takes to do no harm,” said Schuette.
“The girls abused by Dr. Nassar were so young and so innocent that they didn’t fully understand what he was doing to them until many years later. We have a duty to protect our children, and that’s what we are doing today,” Schuette added.
Nassar faces up to 40 years in prison.
He assaulted the girls while he worked as a doctor with the USA Gymnastics and the Michigan State University.’
The victims testified that during medical exams, Nassar, who did not wear gloves, inserted his fingers into their private parts and keep them in there for a long time.
Nassar later admitted that there was no medical justification for putting his fingers into their girls’ private parts.
Among Nassar’s victims who identified themselves in public were London Olympic champion Gabby Douglas, Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas.