Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison in a MI courtroom yesterday for sexually abusing young female gymnasts, following an earlier sentence of up to 175 years last month.
Nassar, whose sentence on Monday came after he admitted to three sexual assault counts at a gymnastics centre in Dimondale, Michigan, also must serve a 60-year federal term for child pornography crimes.
And while the criminal cases against Nassar are over, the fallout from this scandal continues, and now these women, who were once silenced for reporting his abuse, are using their voices to take aim at those who they say allowed him to flourish.
Victims at the hearing said that they were referred to Nassar for treatment and were molested instead.More news: Kevin Hart addresses getting denied from the Eagles championship stage by security
The Nassar controversy has cast a shadow over Michigan State, with Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon resigning and athletic director Mark Hollis retiring.
About 200 of his victims faced Nassar during the court proceedings.
The Eaton County sentence was given after two days of victim impact statements-a total of 65, according to WILX.
"It's impossible to convey the breadth and depth of how sorry I am to each and every one", he said.
Judge Cunningham said Nassar's conduct "spans the country and the world". His defense lawyer, Shannon Smith, said she expects Nassar to appeal his various sentences but that she isn't planning on defending him in those cases.
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.More news: TDP upset with Budget, but won't snap ties
"It is unfathomable to think about the number of victims that would have been spared had authorities acted upon the complains received years ago", Judge Cunningham said on Monday. "Clearly you are in denial, you don't get it, and I do not believe there is a likelihood you could be reformed".
The sentence is largely symbolic because the 54-year-old is already assured of spending the rest of his life in prison.
When taken together, the two MI sentences add up to a minimum of 80 years in prison, and a maximum of 300 years.
"My mother used to tell me that if a boyfriend ever treats you the way John does, leave him", Labrie said.
She described the backroom of Twistars as a place where Nassar had "a cattle call of victims" lined up to seek treatment.More news: Tillerson warns Latin America to beware of China
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