Lansing, MI – Former doctor for Olympic gymnasts, Larry Nassar, was sentenced on Wednesday for the years he spent sexually assaulting juvenile victims.
“You do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again,” Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said as she sentenced Nassar to 175 years in prison. “I just signed your death warrant.”
He had already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography charges.
Over 160 women accused Nassar of sexually assaulting them, many of them while they were still children. Almost all victims met Nassar after a sports-related injury.
The abuse went on for so long under the ruse that sexually penetrating juvenile girls was a medical procedure.
“Michigan State University, the school I loved and trusted, had the audacity to tell me that I did not understand the difference between sexual assault and a medical procedure,” victim Amanda Thomashow said in court, according to CNN. “That master manipulator took advantage of his title, he abused me, and when I found the strength to talk about what had happened I was ignored and my voice was silenced.”
One of his victims spoke up about how MSU is still trying to bill her mother for the appointments where she was sexually assaulted.
According to CNN, Nassar apologized in court, saying, “There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred. An acceptable apology to all of you is impossible to write and convey. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days.”
His apology is a major change from last week, when he wrote a letter to the court claiming that his sexual assaults were “treatments” that worked, and accused the media of turning the victims against him.
“I was a good doctor because my treatments worked, and those patients that are now speaking out are the same ones that praised and came back over and over,” Nassar wrote. “The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong and bad. They feel I broke their trust. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”