Ex-gym­nas­tics doc­tor ar­raigned; po­lice prob­ing 50 com­plaints

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

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.”

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