Prosecutors request 40-125-year sentence for ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar
By Des Bieler
In a sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday at a Michigan county court, the state’s attorney general’s office asked that former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar be sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison. A sentencing hearing is set to take place next week for Nassar, who pleaded guilty in November to 10 counts of sexually assaulting young girls, and it is expected to last several days, with dozens of girls and women to testify about the abuse he inflicted on them under the guise of medical treatment.
According to the Lansing State Journal, prosecutors chose the high end of their request, 125 years, to reflect the number of people who reported assaults by Nassar to Michigan State Police. The total number of complaints against him, including from Olympic gold medalists Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, is more than 150.
In December, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on federal charges related to child pornography, which he is appealing. The 54-year-old lost his physician’s license in April, approximately three weeks after USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny resigned amid widespread criticism of the organization’s handling of sexual abuse complaints lodged by athletes and others against Nassar and several coaches.