On Monday, February 5th, former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar received his final prison sentence. Nassar will serve 40 to 125 years in prison, and honestly, we’re relieved. Nassar will serve this sentence concurrently with the 40- to 175-year sentence he received in January, plus 60 years in federal prison for child pornography charges.
Nassar has been on trial for sexually assaulting hundreds of women and girls. The allegations of sexual abuse were first brought against Nassar in 2016, and in November 2017 he pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual assault. During the recent pre-sentencing phase, dozens of women and teens provided accounts of how Nassar’s abuse impacted their lives. Last week, a father of one of the victims even attempted to physically attack Nassar in a heated and emotional moment.
During his sentencing hearing in Eaton County, Michigan this week, Nassar apologized to the court and said that hearing the victim statements “impacted me to my innermost core.” He added, “With that being said, I understand and acknowledge that it pales in comparison to the pain, trauma and emotions that you all are feeling. It’s impossible to convey the depth and breadth of how sorry I am to each and everyone involved. The visions of your testimonies will forever be present in my thoughts.”
However, Judge Janice Cunningham did not believe his claims of regret. “I am not convinced that you truly understand that what you did was wrong and the devastating impact you’ve had on the victims, family, and friends,” she said during sentencing, according to CNN.
Nassar is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison, meaning justice has been served.