Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Larry Nassar complains to judge, says he can't handle victim impact statements

Larry Nassar complains to judge, says he can't handle victim impact statements

Thomas Brennan, a youth gymnastics coach, confronted Nassar in a MI courtroom on the second day of a sentencing hearing for the former doctor, who pleaded guilty in November to multiple counts of sexual assault.

While he only pleaded guilty to abusing a handful of people in Ingham and Eaton counties, more than 140 people say he sexually assaulted them over the course of two decades. She did not take pity on what he said was a call for help in the form of his letter.

Stephens looked directly at Nassar as she concluded on a powerful note: "Little girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world".

Almost 100 victims are expected to address the court during the four-day sentencing hearing for 54-year-old Larry Nassar. Court officials said 98 plan to do so, either in person or through submitted statements.

That's something Nassar and everyone else who ever has sexually abused a child needs to hear. "You then parted my loose shorts - that you always made me put on".

Nassar will not be sentenced until next week to accommodate the many victims who want to speak.

One of them includes American Gold Gymnastics right here in Fargo. "Contrary to CNN's headline, I'm not a therapist", she said, referring to an article describing her empathetic demeanor toward the victims as they gave their statements.

"It is impossibly hard to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused", wrote Douglas. Nassar reportedly wrote a letter to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in an attempt to bail on listening to the victim's statements. He has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges.

"Included shall be the 125 victims who have reported the assaults to Michigan State University Police Department and the other victims who have been identified on the people's list", she read. But many have opted to be identified, including some minors whose parents had to confirm that decision for the judge.

"'Aquilina said if I pass out she'll have the EMTs revive me and prop me up in the witness box'".

Aquilina responded that she "didn't ask any media to be here" and that she doesn't "need any cameras". "I am Jade Capua, and I am a survivor". "I know you're not used to being touched there, but it will feel better, '" Anderson said, adding that she struggled with the decision to speak on the record as she didn't want to expose her weakest moment.

They spoke about the lasting trauma, self doubt and loss of trust. "You have been stripped of your medical license". Nassar could potentially be sentenced to life in prison. The gymnast's statement said that she was given a sleeping pill while on a long flight to Tokyo, and when she woke up, "I was all alone with [Nassar] in his hotel room" receiving "treatment".

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