Despite initially pleading not guilty, Larry Nassar has now pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual abuse. He faces an indeterminate sentence of 25 to 40 years for each of the seven counts.
The former US Gymnastics team doctor was accused of molesting gymnasts as young as 13 years old – although some were believes to be even younger – while working with the U.S. gymnastics team and Michigan State University.
Olympic gymnasts including Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas have all come forward as his victims.
In the courtroom, Larry Nassar said he was “horribly sorry” for his actions…
“I pray the rosary every day for forgiveness,” he said.
“I want them to heal. I want this community to heal. I have no animosity towards anyone.”
While responding to his plea, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina applauded the victims in the courtroom for finding their voices.
“That tells me they’re finding the strength to come here today to show you that they’re not victims anymore,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said in the courtroom
“I agree that now is a time of healing, but 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, which you were trained as a healer and what you did is harm them,” she added.
“You violated an oath that you took, which is to do no harm, and you harmed them, selfishly.”
All of his victims will be able to give a statement when he is sentenced on January 12.
Larry Nassar still faces charges in Eaton County, and has also pleaded guilty to three federal child pornography charges.