The former USA gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar, who sexually abused young athletes under the appearance of medical treatment, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years behind bars on Wednesday.
“I just signed your death warrant,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said. “You do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again.”
More than 140 women, including Olympic medalists McKayla Maroney, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and Aly Raisman, have accused Nassar of abuse.
“He abused my trust, he abused my body, and he left scars on my psyche that will never go away,” Maroney said in a statement provided to the court during sentencing. “It all started when I was 13 or 14 years old. It didn’t end until I left the sport.”
Nassar pleaded guilty in November to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual abuse for molesting young athletes.
After an emotional seven-day hearing where more than 160 people confronted Nassar about his abuse of mostly young, teenage girls — Aquilina was applauded when court adjourned.