'Enjoy hell': US doctor who abused gymnasts given 175-year sentence


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Former U.S. national sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on Wednesday to 175 years in prison for crimes against more than 150 victims. A Michigan judge’s decision followed seven days of impassioned speeches and pleas in court from those who suffered abuse at Nassar’s hands.

The court heard how the Michigan doctor used his role to molest young female athletes and Olympic gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment for sporting injuries.

Nassar was already sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

Almost 160 gymnasts and victims of Nassar’s abuse confronted the former doctor at his sentencing hearing, revealing the extent of his exploitation of vulnerable girls when he worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. His acts of abuse go back decades.

“Dr. Nassar was not a doctor,” Olympic athlete McKayla Maroney said in a statement read aloud by the prosecutor. “He in fact is, was, and forever shall be, a child molester, and a monster of a human being. End of story.”

“I cannot believe I ever trusted you and I will never forgive you,” Brooke Hylek, a gymnast who plans to continue to compete in college, said in court on Tuesday. “I’m happy you will be spending the rest of your life in prison. Enjoy hell, by the way.”

The case is one of the worst sexual-abuse scandals in sports history, according to The New York Times.

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