Ex-MSU sports doctor sentenced for child pornography

Larry Nassar
Former sports doctor Larry Nassar appears in court.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — A Michigan sports doctor accused of assaulting female gymnasts and possessing child pornography will spend decades in prison.

A federal judge Thursday sentenced Larry Nassar to 60 years in prison on three counts connected to his child pornography case. Separately, he’ll be sentenced in state court in January for molesting gymnasts with his hands.

The judge decided the sentenced will be served consecutively for two counts of possession of child pornography and one trying to destroy evidence of child pornography.

“He’s devastated, just like anybody would be who just received essentially a life sentence,” said his attorney, Matt Newburg.

“I do believe he’s remorseful,” he added.

After the hearing, Nassar’s defense team said it will be appealing the charges and the judge’s decision for them to be served consecutively.

“He was given such a harsh penalty he has no reason not to appeal it and nothing to lose. It’s not not he has anything to lose,” said attorney Shannon Smith.

Nassar had more than 37,000 images of child porn on electronic devices. Some of the videos were created by Nassar, one of which included one of his three children.

The child pornography was discovered last year when Nassar was being investigated for assault.

Nassar had a computer of his cleared, which investigators believe also had child porn on it.

Federal investigators held a news conference at 3 p.m. Thursday to address questions in the Nassar investigation.

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Nassar, 54, worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, the Indianapolis-based group that trains Olympians.

“Underneath this veneer lurked a predator,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Lewis said.

Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas say they were victims when Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics and accompanied them at workouts or international events.

>>PDF: Maroney’s full victim impact statement

Nassar is a “monster” who “left scars on my psyche that may never go away,” Maroney said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Janet Neff.

In a court filing, defense lawyers said Nassar “deeply regrets the pain that he has caused the community.”

Aside from the criminal cases, more than 100 women and girls are suing Nassar. Michigan State and USA Gymnastics are defendants in many of the lawsuits.

—24 Hour News 8 contributed to this report.