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The American social order is being rocked as the covering is being peeled back on vile sexual offenders — and the systems that allowed these people to stay in place.

Those who violate children are especially reviled, because it is preying on the weak and innocent to the extreme. When news broke the USA Gymnastics team doctor had been abusing his patients, it cast a dark cloud over a sport that thousands of Americans enjoy watching.

The doctor, Larry Nassar, has admitted to abusing his patients, and he was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges Thursday.

The sentence amounts to Nassar spending the rest of his life in prison — and the sentencing isn't over. In November, he admitted to sexually abusing underage girls, three of which were younger than 13 years of age.

Nassar will be sentenced separately for those three charges in January.

He gave a brief statement at his sentencing:

“I think this is important that what I've done today to help move a community forward away from the hurting and let the healing start.”

Nassar went as far as to call his actions “a match that became a forest fire.”

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina did not share Nassar's positive view of his actions in court that day:

“You used that position of trust that you had, in the most vile way, to abuse children. I agree that now is a time of healing, while you spend your life behind bars.”

Olympic gymnasts Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, and Aly Raisman are only three of the 125 girls who said they were victims of Nassar’s abuse.

Maroney spoke out in October about what she suffered at his hands:

“It seemed when ever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated.’ It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver.”

Exposing predators such as Nassar is the only way to effectively clean up these institutions and protect our children's lives.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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