Ex-sports doctor Nassar gets 40 to 175 years in prison for sexual assault

Larry Nassar hangs his head as former gymnast Amanda Thomashow gives her victim statement Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Mich. Nassar, 54, has admitted sexually assaulting athletes under the guise of medical treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which as the sport's national governing organization trains Olympians. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography. Under a plea bargain, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years behind bars in the molestation case. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group/The Associated Press) - Larry Nassar, former Michigan sports doctor who assaulted Olympic gymnasts and other female athletes received a sentence of 40 to 175 years.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Nassar on Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven females in the Lansing area between 1998 and 2015, but the hearing was open to all of his accusers.

More than 150 women and girls have talked in court about being molested by Nassar. Some of the women chose to have their statements read by surrogates.

They made riveting statements while confronting Larry Nassar in a Lansing, Michigan, courtroom. He worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

"Your decision to assault was precise calculated, manipulated, deviant, despicable. I don't need to add word your survivors have said all that," Judge Aquilina said. "You can't give them back their innocence, their youth."

"Sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of prison ever again. You have done nothing to deter those urges and where you walk destruction will occur to those most vulnerable," Judge Aquilina said.

Earlier Wednesday, the former offered an apology saying "no words" can describe how sorry he is for his crimes.

"I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days," Nassar said.

His accusers said he would molest them while they were on a table seeking help for various injuries. Nassar also has a 60-year prison sentence for child pornography crimes.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney congratulated the survivors for their courage to speak against Nassar in the courtroom.

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