Ex-gymnastics doctor arraigned; police probing 50 complaints
MASON, MICH. >> A former USA Gymnastics doctor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in his home with a girl under 13, charges that Michigan’s attorney general said are the “tip of the iceberg” as authorities investigate roughly 50 complaints.
Larry Nassar, who was arrested Monday while running an errand at a Lansingarea tire store, was arraigned by video from jail. He was released after 10 percent of a $1 million bond was paid, more than two months after two gymnasts — including a member of the 2000 U.S. women’s Olympic team — accused him of sexual abuse during medical treatments.
The alleged assaults against the girl occurred between 1998 and 2005, from the age of 6 until she was 12. She was not a gymnast, patient or family member, said Attorney General Bill Schuette.
He said Nassar, a former associate professor of osteopathic medicine at Michigan State University, committed “predatory, menacing” acts and “stole this young lady’s childhood.”