Larry Nassar has admitted to molesting some of the nation's top female gymnasts, including Olympic champions. He is already serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison for child pornography convictions.
Longtime USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing scores of female gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment.
The sentence followed an extraordinary seven-day hearing that saw scores of Larry Nassar's victims confront him face-to-face in a Michigan courtroom.
"I've just signed your death warrant," Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar in imposing the penalty.
"It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable."
Raisman — one of the so-called "Fierce Five" 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning squad — came up with a powerful testimony against Nassar. She also criticized the sporting officials for seemingly turning a blind eye to his misconduct.
"Larry, you do realize now that we, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over such a long a period of time, are now a force and you are nothing," said the 23-year-old.
"The tables have turned, Larry. We are here, we have our voices, and we are not going anywhere," Raisman said.
Nassar's former babysitter, Kyle Stephens, told the court how he abused her from age six to age 12 at her family home.
"Perhaps you have figured it out by now but little girls don't stay little forever," she told the 54-year-old. "They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."
Olympian McKayla Maroney recounted how during a Tokyo trip Nassar gave her a sleeping pill and she awoke to find him molesting her. She was 15.
"I thought I was going to die that night," Maroney said. "He abused my trust. He abused my body. And left scars on my psyche that may never go away."
Nassar apologized to his victims before the sentencing, telling them, "I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days."
But judge Aquilina scoffed at the apology, dismissing it as insincere. She read out a letter he'd written days before the sentencing hearing where he said the "stories are being fabricated" by victims.
"This letter tells me you still do not own what you did," Aquilina said, after angrily tossing the sheet of paper aside. "I wouldn't send my dogs to you, sir."