Former US gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to sex abuse

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Nassar faced 22 criminal counts of sexual assault in the Midwestern state, for abusing athletes under the guise of offering them medical treatment.

This month, Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman (shown left) and most recently Gabby Douglas (middle) publicly claimed to be sexual-abuse victims of Nassar's, as did former gymnast McKayla Maroney (right) last month, although it's unclear whether they officially reported those incidents to the police. "It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar", Douglas wrote on Instagram Tuesday.

"You used that position of trust that you had in the most vile way - to abuse children", Aquilina said.

Nassar faces 25 to 40 years in prison on each count.

Aquilina added: "You violated the oath that you took, which is to do no harm, and you harmed them selfishly".

"He's a consummate narcissist".

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The girls have testified that Nassar molested them with his hands, sometimes when a parent was present in the room, while they sought help for gymnastics injuries. "To every other individual that commented to or about me hatefully, I apologize that I let you down too". The website reported that other charges against Nassar were reduced or dismissed as part of his plea agreement.

In addition to serving as USA Gymnastics physician through four Olympic Games, Nassar was the team physician for the Michigan State University gymnastics and women's crew teams as well as an associate professor at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations.

In an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes that aired November 12, Raisman alleged she was one of the gymnasts who was sexually abused by Nassar. "He's admitting what he did was wrong and evil", she said.

USA Gymnastics adopted a new "safe sport policy" in response to the Nassar scandal that requires "mandatory reporting" of suspicions of sexual abuse.

The university did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but earlier this year announced policy reforms to address campus sexual assault. He is also awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges in July, in which he targeted victims as young as six years old.

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