Former U.S. gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to a minimum of 20-45 years and a maximum of 175 years behind bars. Nassar has been accused of sexual assault by over 150 women while he was the doctor for both teams. He was previously sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography in July of last year and admitted to molesting seven girls in November.
Around 50 women first stepped out to speak publically at the hearing and many women came up afterwards to give their statements. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina described Nassar as “a danger to society” and that he “just didn’t seem to get it.” Judge Aquilina said to Nassar after delivering his hearing that she had “just signed his death sentence” and that he “doesn’t deserve to ever walk outside of a prison ever again.”
Judge Aquilina also took Nassar’s statement that he had written about all of the testimonies he had heard and threw them off of the stand, which shows how little she and the public following this case cared about how he felt.
This GIF of Judge Aquilina throwing away the letter Larry Nassar wrote the court about how hard it is for him to listen to victim testimonies PRETTY MUCH SAYS IT ALL. pic.twitter.com/5HB9WMaPqU
— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) January 24, 2018
And they had good reason. Michigan lawmakers called for Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon to resign (she posted a resignation letter on the university’s website Wednesday night) amid the sentencing. The NCAA has stepped in to conduct a full investigation in the handling of these accusations.
One of the most disturbing stories came from U.S. Olympian McKayla Maroney. In her testimony, Maroney said she had been awake all day and boarded a plane to Tokyo that night. Nassar gave her a “sleeping pill,” Maroney said, and when she woke up, she was in Nassar’s hotel room getting a “treatment.” Now that he has been sentenced to life in prison, Nassar will never be able to prey on another child ever again.
I think we can all agree that Larry Nassar deserves the punishment he has been given, and maybe the judge was not hard enough on him.