“The team doctor accused of molesting scores of young athletes while working with the United States Gymnastics Team and Michigan State University pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual assault on Wednesday in Ingham County (Mich.) Circuit Court,” The New York Times reports. “He is expected to face at least 25 years in prison.”
“Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, 54, was charged with the molestation of seven girls, most of whom were gymnasts, but he has been accused of various levels of inappropriate or abusive sexual behavior by a group of more than 130 women and girls, including the Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas,” the report adds
Nassar is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 12, at which time his victims will have the opportunity to speak.
Nassar released a brief statement today in which he said he entered the plea “to move the community forward and stop the hurting.”
He added: “I pray every day for forgiveness.”
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar: “You used your position of trust in the most vile way: to abuse children. I agree that now is a time of healing, but it may take them a lifetime of healing while you spend your life behind bars thinking of what you did by taking away their childhood.”