Doctor jailed for child porn
Larry Nassar, the former USA team doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts, was yesterday sentenced to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges that grew out of a sex-abuse investigation.
District Judge Janet Neff in Grand Rapids, Michigan, handed down the sentences sought by prosecutors, who said there was a link between Nassar’s child-pornography activities and his “prolific molestation of children”, according to court documents.
“You have to wonder whether he felt he was omnipotent, whether he felt he was getting away with something so cleverly,” Neff said according to the Lansing State Journal.
Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in July to possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography depicting children as young as infants between 2003 and 2016.
He is also set to be sentenced next month in state court after pleading guilty to additional counts of criminal sexual conduct for assaulting girls under the guise of medical treatment. Nassar’s sentencing followed claims by gymnasts that they had been sexually abused by the former team doctor.