News Brief: Nassar Sentencing Shakes Up Michigan State

Justice has not been appropriately served, but it is a start. Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for preying on young girls, both through Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, for decades. More than 160 women have accused him of sexual misconduct, and those numbers continue to grow.

Disgraced doctor Larry Nassar has his day in court. (Photo from CNN)

During his sentencing, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said, “I’ve just signed your death warrant.” Nassar is 54. Odds are slim of him surviving his minimum sentencing, let alone 175 years.

156 women spoke during the trial. They informed Nassar of the pain he had caused. They told the court horrible, graphic, incriminating stories of the atrocities he had committed. One Father of three victims even attempted to lunge at the disgraced doctor before he was detained.

While Nassar has been disciplined, the fallout continues with those at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. Three board members from USA Gymnastics have stepped down, and there is uproar demanding that they clean house.

Things seem to be even more tumultuous at Michigan State. In the wake of the Nassar sexual

Judge Rosemary Aquilina throws Nassar’s plea letter to the courtroom floor.

misconduct, several others are coming forward with unrelated cases of the same nature. It seems there is little protection at Michigan State. Reportedly, staff members at Michigan State were made aware of Nassar’s doings as early as 2010. The University has apologized time and again for their misconduct, and University President Lou Anna Simon has stepped down. Much like with USA Gymnastics, people are

calling for a clean house at Michigan State, including basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio, though they refuse blame and insist that the NCAA will make the correct decision.  

This is a developing story that will be updated as it happens.

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