Defamed Olympic Doctor Larry Nassar Gets Another 40-125 Years In PrisonFebruary 06, 2018 08:44
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Former Olympic defamed doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to yet another 40-125 years in prison in another serial assault spree for abusing girls and women. This spree went on for decades and was described as "incomprehensible and spans the county and the world."
The Michigan Judge Jenice Cunningham gave his sentence and also stated that there is absolutely no evidence that he can ever reform himself. Cunningham told Nassar "I am not convinced you truly understand what you did is wrong and the devastating impact you have had on the victims, their families and friends," at the Eaton County Circuit Court. She also added "You are a doctor. You took an oath to do no harm and you harmed over 256 women, and that is beyond comprehension,"
Last month Nassar was sentenced by Ingham County Court for 40-175 years in prison for sexual misconduct stated by as many as 256 women and girls. And in December he was given 60 years sentence for federal charges of possession of child pornography.
All combined Nassar now faces 360 years in prison for all of the above charges.
"Locking up an individual so they can never harm anyone again and take away their freedom is an appropriate consequence," Cunningham told Nassar. "You have lived an idolized life. You were a prominent doctor in our society. You were the member of an Olympic team. You have been pampered and lived a high-class lifestyle," she continued. "And now the result will be spending the rest of your life in a small prison cell."
The hearing lasted 2 days and over 48 victims appeared in court and all of them stated that Nassar sexually assaulted them under pretext of treatment.
In the courtroom, one of the father tried to attack Nassar after he heard three of his daughters pain and suffering at the hands of Nassar.
"Your conduct when considered and looked at from the viewpoint of the victims with their families can only conjure up thoughts of public punishment in retaliation," Cunningham told Nassar. "When a crime involves ... harming a defenseless child, it is only natural to think in terms of an eye for an eye."
Nassar pleaded guilty in both the counties on multiple counts of sexual misconduct.
"Your honor, will we ever truly know the breadth of the evil acts meted by this defendant," said Angela Povilaitis, Michigan assistant attorney general. "These women shared raw, emotional testimonies of not only what he did but what effect these had on their lives and those of their families."
Before sentencing and punishment as read out Nassar read out his final apology to all the victims as he did in Ingham county. "It's impossible to convey the depth and breadth of how sorry I am to each and everyone involved," Nassar said. "The visions of your testimonies will forever be present in my thoughts."
Then Cunningham read the sentence and stated that another reason for such sentencing was to deter similar crimes.
"The sentence in this case must send a message," she said. "If you molest and sexually abuse children and women, if you use your position of trust and authority to gain their confidence and then you betray them in the worst way possible, the result will be that you will spend the rest of your life in prison."
Just when Larry Nassar was escorted out by the guards, Cunningham said "Ladies and gentlemen, this now ends the criminal legal proceedings involving Larry Nassar."
By Minu Manisha