Nassar pleads guilty to sexual assault charges: "I'm so horribly sorry"

Posted November 26, 2017

Nasser has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault; he also faces 33 charges of criminal sexual conduct in MI, where he practiced, and has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography.

On Wednesday she watched as Nassar admitted to sexually assaulting her and six others who were all 15 or younger at the time.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina wasn't having it, applauding the victims for bravely coming forward.

For all those involved, and - that I'm so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control. "I agree that now is a time of healing, but it may take them a lifetime of healing while you spend your lifetime behind bars thinking about what you did in taking away their childhood". I have no animosity toward any one. "I want the community to heal". In exchange, the prosecution will dismiss all other charges and the Attorney General's office would not prosecute Nassar for any other criminal sexual conduct cases reported to police. The document says that between February 6, 2003 and Sept, 20, 2016, Nassar was in possession of computer disks and electronic files that had thousands of images of child pornography. You violated the oath that you took, which is to do no harm, and you harmed them selfishly.

She also recognized all the victims who gathered at the hearing. I AM DISGUSTED. I am very disappointed. "That tells me they're finding the strength to come here today to show you they're not victims anymore".

More news: Pakistan summons army after violent protests

Meanwhile, alleged victim Larissa Boyce said it was "really hard" to look at Nassar in the courtroom. Complaints against Dr. Nassar reportedly go back 20 years, but United States of America gymnastics fired him in 2015, which is when the organization claims to have been made aware of the abuse.

She also said she's not buying his apology.

"I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you", she said.

"That's our choice, not his", Jessica Smith said.

They had testified that Nassar molested them with his hands, sometimes when a parent was present in the room, while they sought help for gymnastics injuries.

More news: Antonio Conte bemoans lack of preparation time for Liverpool match

"When I heard him say he was guilty, I'm happy about that", she said. "We need to move forward in a sense of growth and healing, and I pray that".

"The fact that he just thinks, "Oh, I pleaded guilty and now you guys can start healing" is ridiculous to me".

"Brings motivation to make change for future, our students and the people we care about and everyone around us that this won't happen to them, certainly not by this man", Smith said.

Mr Nassar's attorney, Matt Newburg, was not immediately available for comment but has previously said that due to a gag order imposed he had no comment. As our client indicated in court today, he hopes that his guilty plea begins the healing process for those individuals whom have been the subject of the state criminal prosecution. Douglas, who was previously accused of victim-shaming when she insinuated that Raisman's nude 2015 ESPN cover propagated Nassar's actions, is the most recent athlete to accuse the doctor of sexual assault.

More news: Liverpool v Chelsea: Combined XI based on form and fitness