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USA Gymnastics doctor receives 60-year sentence for child pornogoraphy charges

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Dr. Larry Nassar appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing Mich. Wednesday Nov. 22 2017

Nassar was the team physician for the Michigan State University gymnastics and women's crew teams, as well as an associate professor at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A MI sports doctor who admits he molested gymnasts and kept a staggering collection of child pornography is getting the first of three prison sentences that will likely keep him locked up for decades. Neff ruled that Nassar's federal sentence would run consecutive to whatever prison time he receives for the sexual assault cases.

"If Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee had paid attention to any of the red flags in Larry Nassar's behaviour, I never would have met him, I never would have been "treated" by him and I never would have been abused by him", McKayla Maroney wrote.

US District Judge Janet Neff sentenced Nassar to 20 years for each of three counts - which are to be served consecutively, according to the docket.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is prosecuting Nassar on the state charges in Ingham and Eaton counties, earlier this week asked MSU to release the findings of its internal investigation into the way university officials handled the allegations.

Nassar said it was a disease he had been struggling with for years and he hoped he could be forgiven. "I really did try to be a good person". "As it turns out, much to my demise, Dr. Nassar was not a doctor, he in fact is, was, and forever shall be, a child molester, and a monster of a human being".

"Soon after Larry pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges, I was informed that I could submit a Victim Impact Statement to the court for sentencing consideration".

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The letters provided chilling and disturbing detail of the psychological toll Nassar's alleged sexual abuse took on the two-time Olympic gold medallist and former member of the "fierce five" women's gymnastics team from the 2012 London Olympics.

"I had a dream to go to the Olympics", Maroney wrote in October in alleging she was abused by Nassar, "and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting". This does not sit well for McKayla Maroney, who does not believe there should be a limit on Nassar's term.

Investigators said Nassar was in possession of more than 37,000 videos and images of child pornography that were discovered on a hard drive inside a curbside trash barrel when police searched his home more than a year ago.

The drives included images and videos of young girls mostly under the age of 12, including some as young as 6.

Several gymnasts who say they were assaulted by Nassar while in his care for the treatment of injuries plan to talk with reporters after the child porn sentencing. Toward the end of one clip, the agent testified, Nassar is seen allegedly grabbing a hand of one girl and shoving it into the crotch of another. He'll be punished in January in state court for sexual assault.

Concerns about Nassar's behaviours can be traced back to 1990 after four other women said they were digitally penetrated during treatment sessions in the late 90's.

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