Former US Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 60 years jail.
Though victim impact statements were not allowed to be read in court at Nassar's sentencing on federal child pornography charges today-he pleaded guilty to those back in July-it seemed that Judge Janet Neff heard Maroney's and other victims' calls for maximum penalties. Nassar is likely to spend the remainder of his life in prison. He also pleaded guilty to 10 state counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in November, with numerous 125 women who filed police reports against him in those cases saying he used his hands to penetrate them and claimed it was part of a medical procedure, according to ESPN.com.
Nassar, 54, walked out of court with his head down after Neff delivered his sentence, the first for his crimes.
Nassar is a "monster" who "left scars on my psyche that may never go away", she said in a letter to the judge. "He needs to be behind bars so he will never prey upon another child", Maroney wrote in a statement to the judge.
As part of his plea agreement, Nassar admitted that touching the women and girls was not a medical procedure, and he will not be able to use it as a defense moving forward.
When news broke that the USA Gymnastics team doctor had been abusing his patients, it cast a dark cloud over a sport that thousands of Americans enjoy watching.
USA Gymnastics, which oversees and trains the national team, is also a defendant in several of the lawsuits women have brought against Nassar. MSU fired him in September 2016. MI authorities arrested him last November, and in December, federal authorities added child pornography charges.
Neff said Nassar's federal sentence won't start until he completes his sentences for sexual assault.
More than 100 civil claims are pending against Michigan State and USA Gymnastics. Michigan State declined to comment. He also pleaded guilty on charges of trying to destroyed evidence. On Monday, Michigan's Attorney General formally asked Michigan State to turn over the findings of its internal review.
Federal prosecutors, however, had argued for the maximum 60 years, saying Nassar "poses an enormous risk to the community" and quoting one victim who said the 54-year-old "will not hesitate to reoffend" if he's ever freed.
"Nassar's behaviour was deeply disturbing and repugnant, as the state and federal criminal charges that he has been convicted of show".