McKayla and Erin Maroney sent in the eye-opening letters for the judge to read in private, instead of McKayla making her planned appearance in the Grand Rapids, Michigan courtroom to testify against Nassar, the former US gymnastics doctor she says abused her under the guise of medical treatment for six years. In both cases, plea deals dictate a minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years and a maximum of life in prison, the State Journal reports.
Former U.S. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Thursday for child pornography, the Lansing State Journal reported.
In an interview broadcast on CBS' "60 Minutes", Raisman told CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook that she initially thought Nassar was providing legitimate medical treatment. He also pleaded guilty to 10 state counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in November, with numerous 125 women who filed police reports against him in those cases saying he used his hands to penetrate them and claimed it was part of a medical procedure, according to ESPN.com. He is also being sued by over 100 women.
Some of the Maroneys' most cutting words went to Team USA and Michigan State, which previously employed Nassar.
The child pornography sentence brought Nassar a step closer to justice for many survivors, whom Nassar sexually assaulted years ago under the guise of a medical treatment.
"This experience has shattered McKayla", Erin Maroney wrote of her daughter, one of over 140 women to accuse Nassar of sexual abuse, in letters obtained by ESPN.
"When I first met Larry Nassar".
While the criminal penalties for Nassar will be decided over the next few weeks, the fallout for the organisations that employed him, or allowed him to volunteer his services and work with children, may have just begun.
After the sentencing, five of Nassar's victims-including Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to come forward publicly against the former doctor-and their attorneys held a press conference. Nassar acknowledged that he dumped computer hard drives and paid $49 to have a laptop's memory wiped clean to try to outfox police.
Another video showed Nassar with a young girl in a swimsuit, his hand on her hip and his thumb in her vaginal area, the agent testified. MI authorities arrested him last November, and in December, federal authorities added child pornography charges.