Victims push for accountability after latest Nassar sentence

Victims from Larry Nassar case showed bravery by sharing their story

A new report says that even after the FBI opened an official investigation on USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar's then-alleged abuse, the doctor was able to continue his reign of terror by assaulting at least 40 more women until he was taken into custody.

He was previously sentenced to 60 years in prison following his conviction on child pornography crimes.

He was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a separate but related case under Judge Aquilina.

The disgraced former Olympic gymnastics doctor convicted of molesting his patients is "in denial", according to the judge who sentenced him on Monday. Nassar was previously sentenced December 7 to 60 years in prison for child pornography.

Monday's sentence brought an end to a three-day hearing featuring 65 emotional impact statements from girls and women who asserted abuse by Nassar, as well as some parents - including a father who tried to attack Nassar in court Friday before he was restrained by law enforcement officers.

"The words expressed by everyone that has spoken, including the parents, have impacted me to my inner-most core", he said.

One also alleged that Geddert was aware in the late 1990s that Nassar had performed an "inappropriate procedure" on her when she was 16.

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Makayla Thrush, also a former Twistars gymnast, said Geddert threw her against a training apparatus when he was angry with her, rupturing lymph nodes in her neck and tearing muscles in her stomach.

As Eaton County Circuit Judge Janice Cunningham delivered Nassar's sentence yesterday, several victims in the courtroom cried.

"Your honor, will we ever truly know the breadth of the evil acts meted by this defendant", Angela Povilaitis, Michigan assistant attorney general, said in court before the judge issued punishment.

"What does it say about our society that victims of sexual abuse have to hide their pain for years when they did nothing wrong?"

Former gymnast Makayla Thrush said in court that Geddert pushed her into a low bar, causing career-ending injuries. For many of these women, of whom many are gymnasts, "treatment" by Nassar was mandatory. Geddert has denied having any knowledge of Nassar's abusive behavior.

In all, some 265 women and girls have reported being molested by Nassar. It's short. In their statement, the Bureau argues that because allegations against Nassar "transcend jurisdictions", they could not fully ascertain the sheer volume of accounts.

Monday's sentence was the the final criminal one for Nassar.

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