Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal to see entire US Gymnastics board resign

LANSING MI- JANUARY 17 Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon answers a question after being confronted by former MSU gymnast Lidsey Lemke during a break in the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar who has been accused of molesting mor

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After seven days of victim impact statements where over 150 young women were permitted to tell their stories of sexual abuse at the hands of the ex-USA Gymnastics doctor over a span of two decades, Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.

Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse disgraced USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse, said that coming forward with her allegations cost her friends, her church and "every shred of privacy".

"That that was in discussion by the faculty." said Michael Lawrence, MSU law college professor.

The scandal has had far-reaching implications, with US Gymnastics also announcing they would close down their national team training centre in Texas, where Nassar abused many of his victims.

But it was revealed on Friday that Ms Simon can opt to return to a faculty position and take a 12-month leave of absence to conduct research, during which time she would receive her $750,000 (£529,000) salary, according to her contract, which was provided to CNN by Michigan State spokesman Jason Cody.

The accusers said they were regularly molested after they sought medical treatment for various injuries.

Judge Aquilina dismissed his statement as insincere and courtroom spectators gasped as the judge read aloud from a letter he wrote to her claiming he was a good doctor who was manipulated into pleading guilty. "I have watched it grow and prosper, and it has been the honor and privilege of my life to serve as its president".


Finally, Nassar also addressed the court.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says her agency is investigating the Nassar sexual abuse scandal and will hold MSU accountable for any violations of federal law. I have tried to make it not about me.

Others have disputed that assertion.

His resignation followed President Lou Anna Simon's, who stepped down after the sentence was passed. Almost 160 of Nassar's victims spoke out during his seven-day sentencing hearing, many of whom called out Michigan State and USA Gymnastics for enabling Nassar.

Nassar had pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal s3xual conduct in Ingham County in MI and admitted to using his trusted medical position to assault and molest girls under the guise of medical treatment.

She also went on to say that it was her "honour and privilege" to sentence Nassar, and said that he doesn't deserve to ever walk out of a prison again.

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