What did Larry Nassar do and what is his connection to John Geddert?
Disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar is serving decades in prison for sexually assaulting female athletes in a scandal that has claimed hundreds of lives and upset USA Gymnastics.
Here, we take a look at the chilling crimes committed by Nassar, 57, who was sentenced to over 175 years in prison after being convicted of abusing dozens of young women and children.
Who is Larry Nassar and what did he do?
Larry Nassar, 57, graduated in kinesiology from the University of Michigan in 1985 and joined the medical staff of the US gymnastics team a year later.
The disgraced doctor also ran a gymnastics clinic and club at Michigan State University.
He abused his position for two decades to grope girls during medical treatment – sometimes in front of their parents.
USA Gymnastics severed ties with Nassar in 2015 and the state of Michigan fired him in September of that year.
Nassar admitted to penetrating women with hands without gloves when they visited him for various injuries.
The number of victims who have come forward has exceeded 250, for decades.
Nassar, who lost his medical license in April 2018, admitted that his conduct had no legitimate medical purpose and that he did not have the girls’ consent.
Michigan State University was planning to fire the dean for failing to follow the 2014 guidelines created for Nassar following complaints of sexual misconduct.
What is Larry Nassar’s connection to John Geddert?
John Geddert, 63, was the head coach of the 2012 US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team, which won a gold medal.
Geddert was charged with two dozen crimes earlier on February 25, 2021, including forms of human trafficking, a move prosecutors have recognized as an unusual use of Michigan law. Hours after being charged with sexual assault, he allegedly committed suicide.
He was also accused of lying to investigators in 2016 when he denied hearing complaints about Nassar, who is serving decades in prison for sexually assaulting female athletes.
Former Olympian McKayla Maroney said she was in a car with Geddert on an international trip in 2011, ABC reported.
During the trip, Maroney reportedly described how Nassar had inappropriately touched her the night before.
However, according to the passengers in the car, Geddert reportedly did not react at the time and has since denied hearing the comments.
Geddert has been accused of recruiting minors for forced labor, a reference to the gymnasts he trained, according to documents filed in an Eaton County court.
Who is Larry Nassar’s first male accuser?
Gymnast Jacob Moore, 21, laid bare the effect of his abuse at Nassar’s hands in a revealing interview.
More than 250 people have already presented themselves as victims but Jacob, who says he hopes that Nassar “rots in hell”, is the first male.
Court papers indicate that Jacob was taken to the cellar and his pants were ripped by Nassar, who stuck acupuncture needles in his genitals.
“I wasn’t a stupid kid,” Jacob told Today. “I kind of knew what the medical practices were and this one was out of the ordinary.”
How long has the former US gymnastics physician been in jail?
In January 2018, Nassar was jailed for up to 175 years after being convicted of sexually assaulting dozens of young women.
He pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting 125 girls and women between 1998 and 2015.
The number of alleged victims who came forward exceeds 250.
A month earlier, he was sentenced to 60 years in prison for possession of child pornography after being found with 37,000 images of child pornography.
On February 5, Nassar was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison for three more sexual offenses – a total of up to 360 years in prison.
Speaking in Eaton County, Michigan, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told her she had just “signed her death warrant” because he “did never deserves to get out of jail again. ”
Which athletes accused the doctor of sexual abuse?
Quadruple Olympic champion Simone Biles, 23, shared her experience of the American doctor’s abuse in gymnastics.
In January 2018, she posted on Twitter: “I too am one of the many survivors who have been sexually abused by Larry Nassar.
“Please believe me when I say that it was much harder to say these words out loud at first than it is now to put them on paper.
“There are many reasons I was reluctant to share my story, but now I know it’s not my fault.”
Nassar groped girls during medical treatment for two decades of gruesome abuse he allegedly described as “special treatment.”
Simone added, “It is not normal to receive any kind of treatment from a trusted team doctor and horribly call it ‘special’ treatment.
Biles, who won four gold medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics, said the more she tries to “cut the voice in my head, the louder she screams.”
During an interview about the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, Biles said she still suffers from trauma after all these years.
Ahead of the 2018 world championships in Doha, the Ohio-born gymnast said she was “relieved” after speaking out, after feeling “a lot of pressure” to keep the truth to herself for so long.
Biles praised Judge Rosemarie Aquilina for convicting Nasser, and she says he “got what he deserved.”
“The judge was absolutely amazing of her, so we were very proud of her, and it’s kind of a relief because [Nassar] got what he deserved and he almost had that many years [in prison] like [he abused] girls.
“It’s kinda crazy because I can’t be the one to save everything, but as long as I’m doing my job and everyone is happy, maybe I’ll save something.”
Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have previously publicly said they were among Nassar’s victims.
“You have used your position of trust… in the most vile way to abuse children,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar after her plea.
“I agree that now is a time of healing, but it can take them a lifetime of healing as you spend your life behind bars thinking about what you did by taking their childhood away from them.”
She called the victims “superheroes for all of America because this is an epidemic.”
They had testified that Nassar assaulted them with his hands, sometimes when a relative was in the room, as they sought help with gymnastic injuries.
The criminal cases against Nassar followed reports in 2017 in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, mismanaged sexual misconduct complaints involving the doctor and coaches.
The women and girls said the stories inspired them to move forward with detailed allegations of abuse.
Numerous accusers have sued the State of Michigan, USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee.
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