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Larry Nassar, doctor to USA gymnasts, pleads guilty to sex abuse

Larry Nassar, doctor to USA gymnasts, pleads guilty to sex abuse

Nasser is also facing civil suits from more than 125 women and girls.

But now Nassar, 54, is admitting to the sexual assaults.

On Wednesday she watched as Nassar admitted to sexually assaulting her and six others who were all 15 or younger at the time.

Nassar originally was charged with more than 20 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and was scheduled to go to trial December 4.

He now faces 25 to 40 years in prison. The maximum sentence he could face is life in prison.

During the hearing Ms. Raisman sent out a Twitter message describing Dr. Nassar as a "monster". He said he was not earing a glove at the time and admitted he did not do this for any medical reason.

In a brief statement to the court, Nassar said he believes pleading guilty is the best way he can "stop the hurting".

"I think it can help us move on and like Christine said, we know that we're not insane, we weren't just making this up in our heads", she said.

"When I heard him say he was guilty, I'm happy about that", she said. "For all those involved".

He added: "This was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control". "I want people to know that I really didn't know what was happening to me", Raisman said on the Today Show earlier in November. I just want healing. I guess that's the biggest thing. "We need to move forward in a sense of growth and healing and I pray (for) that".

According to CNN, as of July, Nassar has been charged with a total of "22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and 11 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct at the state level".

Jones also thanked "law enforcement personnel for ensuring (Nassar) is never able to abuse young women again".

Nassar will be sentenced for his Ingham County crimes in January.

She called the victims "superheroes for all of America, because this is an epidemic".

It is expected to last all day and will continue until all victims have a chance to speak, said Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

He also said USA Gymnastics officials should be investigated - possibly by an Federal Bureau of Investigation task force - citing laws that require people in certain professions to report suspected child abuse to children's protective services.

Douglas and Raisman's allegations come after McKayla Maroney, their team-mate from the 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning team known as the Fierce Five, detailed years of abuse by Nassar under the guise of treatment from the age of 13 until her retirement from the sport last year.

"I didn't publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful".

Former USA Olympic gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar has pleaded guilty to seven charges of sexual assault against women and girls in his care. "Our abuser has pleaded guilty, but MSU, USAG and the USOC, you have yet to take responsibility for what happened on your watch", said victim Rachael Denhollander.

BOYCE: It felt very sexual.

The comment was widely attacked as victim shaming, with Simone Biles, the 2016 all-around gold medalist, showing her disappointment in a post to Twitter in which she said it "shocks me that I'm seeing this but it doesn't surprise me". The physician was arrested past year on the child pornography charges including receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and destruction and concealment of records and tangible objects. Those charges were related to an incident which is alleged to have occurred in Nassar's swimming pool with two children in the summer of 2015.

Nassar also agreed to a lifetime of electronic monitoring.

"We are more than a year from my police report".