6 Feb 2018

Larry Nassar jailed for another 40 to 125 years

7:39 am on 6 February 2018

Disgraced ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar has been jailed for another 40 to 125 years in the US for molesting young gymnasts.

Larry Nassar in court to listen to victim impact statements during his sentencing hearing.

Larry Nassar during an earlier sentencing hearing. Photo: AFP

Nassar already faced a lifetime in jail for two prior sentences for sexually abusing girls at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

The judge said while it ends Nassar's criminal legal proceedings, "it does not end the emotional and physical suffering he has caused".

The number of women who accuse Nassar of abuse has grown to more than 265.

With Monday's sentence, Nassar has now been given at least 300 years in jail for his crimes.

He was sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges in December and received up to 175 years in jail on sexual abuse charges in January.

This case follows weeks of emotional testimony from scores of young athletes.

More than 200 women in total have delivered impact statements on his abuse in both hearings.

"It's impossible to convey the depth and breadth of how sorry I am to each and every one involved," Nassar said in an apology on Monday.

"The visions of your testimony will forever be present in my thoughts."

But Judge Janice Cunningham dismissed his remarks, saying: "I am not convinced that you truly understand that what you did was wrong, and the devastating impact that you have had on the victims, their families and friends."

"Clearly you are in denial. You don't get it."

The Nassar case has rocked the US Olympic Committee, the sport's governing body USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, where he also worked as a sports doctor.

Top officials at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University have resigned in recent weeks amid the fallout, and the case has prompted several investigations into whether complaints against the doctor were ignored.

- BBC

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