Liukin steps down from USA Gymnastics after Nassar scandal

Liukin steps down from USA Gymnastics after Nassar scandal

Liukin steps down from USA Gymnastics after Nassar scandal

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.

The sentence, for three sexual assault counts Nassar admitted to committing at a gymnastics center in Dimondale, Michigan, didn't lengthen what already amounted to a life sentence for the 54-year-old: He will serve it concurrently with the 40- to 175-year sentence he received last month for seven counts of sexual assault in nearby Lansing.

The sentence was the third in as many months for Nassar, the once-renowned doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

More than 260 women and girls say they were victims, some going back to the 1990s.

Nassar was also handed a 60-year federal prison term on separate child pornography charges.

This sentencing closes weeks of courageous and heartbreaking victim impact statements from Nassar's victims and their families.

"I am overwhelmed with gratitude to hear Judge Cunningham say this concludes the criminal prosecution of Larry Nassar", Denhollander said.

Nassar's conduct "has robbed these girls and women of one of the most truly important human qualities: trust", Judge Janice Cunningham said.

Michigan State faces numerous state and federal investigations and lawsuits in the wake of Larry Nassar's sexual crimes against elite gymnasts and many others.

Rachael Denhollander, a lawyer and one of Nassar's first accusers, said after Monday's sentencing, that victims "wouldn't be here had the adults and authorities done what they should have done 20 years ago", reports The Associated Press.

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Dozens of victims spoke out in court last week against the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, and Randall Margraves - whose daughters accused Nassar of molesting them - charged at Nassar in court and was tackled by sheriff's deputies.

The chaotic scene began after sisters Lauren and Madison Margraves had finished reading their victim statements on the second day of hearings at a court in Eaton County.

"I never got a phone call from the police or the FBI", Gina Nichols, the mother of one of Nassar's victims told the Times.

Cunningham said society definitely needs to be protected from Nassar.

"I understand Mr Margraves' frustration but you cannot do this", she said.

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.

Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis, in her closing argument, reminded the judge how far-reaching Nassar's abuse was.

The fallout is just beginning for the institutions that employed Nassar for decades, specifically USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

Nassar was sentenced Monday to between 40 and 125 years in prison for sexually abusing patients at Twistars, an elite gymnastics club in MI.

He had been a doctor at the youth gymnastics club Twistars, which is located in Eaton County.

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