Since news first broke of allegations of sexual misconduct against USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar, 125 victims have come forward. Included in the list of athletes who have shared their stories are Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Gabby Douglas.
According to CNN, on Wednesday, Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct — three of which applied to victims under 13 and three applied to victims 13 to 15 years old.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said Nassar used his position “in the most vile way to abuse children” and added he violated the oath he took as a doctor to do no harm.
“They are superheroes for all of America because this is an epidemic,” Aquilina said.
CNN reported that all 125 victims will be given the opportunity to share victim impact statements at his sentencing in January. When he entered his guilty plea, Nassar also offered an apology to his victims.
“I pray the rosary every day for their forgiveness,” NBC News reported he said. “I have no animosity for anyone. I just want healing. It’s time.”
The judge agreed with the doctor it was time for healing but added, “It may take them a lifetime of healing while you spend your lifetime behind bars thinking about what you did in taking away their childhood.”
The rest of the charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, and NBC News reported his terms include a sentence of 25 to 40 years.
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