Larry Nassar, former doctor for the American gymnastics team, has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in federal prison for sexually abusing scores of patients, among them Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles. The sentence comes after a seven-day trial in which over 150 young women testified about the abuse they endured at Nassar’s hands. Nassar plead guilty to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and had already been sentenced to 60 years for child pornography.
“Let this sentence strike fear in anyone who thinks it is O.K. to hurt another person. Abusers, your time is up. The survivors are here, standing tall, and we are not going anywhere,” Raisman stated at a hearing in Michigan. In wake of the case, several officials on the board governing the American gymnastics team resigned earlier this week. They include chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley.