The child pornography sentence brought Nassar a step closer to justice for many survivors, whom Nassar sexually assaulted years ago under the guise of a medical treatment.
Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and Twistars, a Dimondale gymnastics club where Nassar often worked, are named as defendants in the lawsuits. 'More safe than the President of the US, ' he said to him. Several victims plan to attend the sentencing and will speak at news conferences after the hearing, including former MI gymnast Rachel Denhollander, the first to publicly accuse Nassar, and Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, who accused Nassar of assault in October as part of the ongoing #MeToo social media campaign.
"He needs to be behind bars so he will never prey upon another child", Maroney wrote in a statement to the judge before Thursday's hearing.
"I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a 'treatment.' I thought I was going to die that night", Maroney wrote on Twitter, detailing her alleged abuse. At 14, she made the National Team and was introduced to Nassar.
"I didn't know anything differently", she said.
Maroney has said she was as young as 13 when Nassar began "treating" her at every chance he could get, alleging that he gave her a sleeping pill for a flight to Tokyo for a competition when she was 15.
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"I can not tell you the anguish her Dad and I feel and the responsibility we feel for not being aware of this or being able to stop it".
Maroney's parents are still haunted by the times McKayla was supposed to be under the protection of USA Gymnastics and her coaches, and yet was left unsupervised, giving Nassar easy access to perform his pseudo-treatments on her.
"It's something, your honor, I'm very ashamed of", Nassar said, per MLive. "At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead".
McKayla Maroney, now 21 and retired from the sport for more than a year, said Nassar - who also worked at Michigan State for decades and has been accused of sexually abusing former student-athletes there - "treated" her both before she and the "Fierce Five" won their team gold and before she won silver in the vault in London. "He abused my trust, abused my body and left scars on my psyche that may never heal", she wrote.
Women accused Nassar of assaulting them at a campus clinic at Michigan State, at local gyms across the country, at the Karolyi Ranch outside Houston, and at global competitions around the globe, including the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, and the 2012 Summer Games in London.
He could face life in prison when he is sentenced on those charges next month.
Some of the Maroneys' most cutting words went to Team USA and Michigan State, which previously employed Nassar.