Larry Nassar Sentenced to 40 to 175 Years In Prison For Sex Abuse

Former U.S. Olympic gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing athletes under the guise of medical treatment.

Nassar worked with the Olympic gymnastics team, but had also previously worked with a wide range of sports. He was a faculty member at Michigan State, working with college athletes across multiple sports.

Nassar’s sentencing hearing allowed all of the women who had accused him of sexual abuse to speak to him directly in court. More than 150 of them spoke over the seven-day hearing, one of the highest-profile examples of the wave of women coming forward with sexual abuse allegations in entertainment, sports and other industries.

Nassar had already been sentenced to 60 years in prison in a child pornography case, then pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct. This sentence will leave the 54-year-old Nassar in prison for the rest of his life. Judge Rosemary Aquilina said as much when she handed down Nassar’s sentence. Per the New York Times:

“You’ve done nothing to deserve to walk outside a prison again,” she said, according to the Times. “It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. I just signed your death warrant.”

Nassar addressed the court before the sentencing, apologizing to his victims and saying “Your words these past several days have had a significant effect on myself and have shaken me to my core. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days.”

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Too short of a sentence


feels enough to me – he will have enough time to reflect on his actions ….

Steve Nolan

Can’t agree with that more strongly. People have to be severely punished at MSU, USAG and even the USOC, at minimum. In one potential world, those three institutions wouldn’t exist anymore.


I like the sound of “burn it all down.” Wouldn’t hurt to do the same thing with any athletic federation that oversees youth development. Just scratch the whole system and reboot it with athlete protection at the center from the very beginning. I haven’t done a ton of keeping up on this story, so forgive my ignorance, but something strikes me as interesting about why he got away with this for so long. In the case of abusive coaches, people often look away because they produce good athletes and get good results. Rick Curl and Joe Bernal come to mind, and plenty of other coaches from other sports all got a pass because no one wanted to mess up the… Read more »


Listen to Mattie Larson statement. It may help you to get the picture.


That doesn’t answer my question at all, just confirms that the dude molested them and ruined a lot of lives. With the famous coaches that get caught, it often comes out that people turned a blind eye because he was producing great athletes. It’s an absolute disgrace, but it happens. Any sports doctor or physical therapist could do Nassar’s job, probably better, and without molesting anyone, so that element of “Oh, he’s too valuable for me to get him in trouble” or whatever, that some people use to justify their silence, is not there. Not just in sports, either. Look at Harvey Weinstein. Tons of people knew he was misusing his influence, and they did nothing because he was making… Read more »


He operated in the environment with zero transparency, where adults haven’t pay a sh..t to the well-being of very young and in majority very innocent inexperienced girls. In isolated training camps they had nobody around to complain to or express their concerns. That was the ideal situation for the coaching staff to control, manipulate and keep quiet young gymnasts who actually had what to lose – Olympic Games. Nassar was just convenient part of this system covering up coaches’ mistakes or negligence that led to injuries. They may didn’t know the extent of this abuse, but definitely new that he did something that hardly can be called a medical treatment. I think that adults in these training camps were as… Read more »

Joe Bagodonuts

A little hyperbolic? Do away with the entire institution of MSU? 50,000+ students lose their university? I understand the anger, but arguing that one option is that MSU “wouldn’t exist anymore” seems a tad extreme. Punish those who dropped the ball on putting a stop to things, but don’t add to the list of his victims – i.e. those innocent students, employees, etc., who had nothing to do with the debacle.

Steve Nolan

That reasoning is why we still have Penn State and Baylor.

And a good reason people will “drop the ball” at another institution again. Institutions need to be held to account, too.

Joe Bagodonuts

The “institution” played no role. The people occupying the various positions did and the procedures failed to ensure appropriate actions were taken so need correction. You hold them accountable and put in place the controls to ensure that there is not a repeat of what went on – you don’t demolish the entire university, end the employment of all other employees, force the faculty and students/athletes to go elsewhere, decimate the communities in which the university sits, etc., etc., etc. Proportional response is what called for.


One scum bag goes down but we still have this whole power structure problem that’s resulting in sexual abuse among children and this is not just the case in USA Gymnastics. If you think about it, that’s the real story in all this but it’s way easier to wag the finger at an individual rather that rock the boat of these institutions. We also can’t forget the bold statement made by some of these young ladies talking about how they were scared to speak out against ANYTHING at these camps and practices. Let that sink in for a moment. I know USA Swimming has to be a tad nervous with this story (among others) although the house has been cleaned… Read more »

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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