Nassar victims demand answers from Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics

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He is facing similar charges in the MI area, which have been filed by more than 125 women and girls.

Nassar had served as Team USA's physician through four Olympics and has been accused of abuse by some of the most prominent names in the sport, including Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Gabby Douglas.

"For all those involved, I'm so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control", he said. "I pray the rosary every day for forgiveness". "I want people to know that I really didn't know what was happening to me", Raisman said on the Today Show earlier in November. I want this community to heal.

Nassar admitted to digitally penetrating the victims and agreed that his conduct had no legitimate medical goal and that he did not have the girls' consent.

Sentencing was set for January 12.

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Nassar was the team physician for the Michigan State University gymnastics and women's crew teams as well as an associate professor at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina responded to Nassar's apology by saying, "I agree that now is a time of healing, but it may take them a lifetime of healing while you spend your lifetime behind bars thinking about what you did in taking away their childhood".

She called the accusers "superheroes for all of America, because this is an epidemic". The girls testified that Nassar molested them with his hands when they consulted him for treatment and help regarding gymnastics injuries.

Separately, Nassar is charged with similar crimes in Eaton County, the location of an elite gymnastics club. Nassar also faces over 125 civil suits, and federal charges as well. Over 130 young gymnasts have come forward to accuse the doctor of assault; he has pled guilty to seven of those charges and could face 25 years in jail, on top of the potential life sentence he may receive for the charges from July.

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