Pedophile gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar shed tears while alocuting in court. Question is was he sorry for his serial abuse of his patients or sorry he was caught?
At sentencing judge Rosemarie Aquilina eviscerated Nassar by reading the letter he wrote last week insisting his 156 victims were media manipulated, money grabbers. Insisting his ‘procedures’ were all medical not sexual
Disgraced physician, Lawrence ‘Larry’ Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina on Wednesday after a seven-day hearing in Ingham County Court
Addressing his victims Nassar said, ‘Your words these past several days, your words, have had a significant emotional effect on myself and has shaken me to my core’
That tearful apology was quickly revealed to be a sham, with Judge Aquilina reading a letter that Nassar wrote last week
‘I was a good doctor, because my treatments worked and those patients that are now speaking out were the same ones that praised and came back,’ he wrote
He then stated: ‘Now [the victims] are seeking the media attention and financial reward’
‘I just signed your death warrant,’ said Judge Aquilina, referencing the fact that Nassar would never again be a free man.
Nassar will serve a minimum of a century in prison
40 years as part of a plea deal in his sexual abuse case, with that prison time coming after he completes his 60-year federal sentence for child pornography charges.
Going away: Larry Nassar (above) was sentenced to 175 years in prison by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina on Wednesday after a seven-day hearing in Ingham County Court. The reality is that he could be serving a combined total of 100 years
Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison on Wednesday after a highly emotional seven-day sentencing hearing in a Michigan courtroom.
‘I just signed your death warrant,’ said Judge Rosemarie Aquilinia, referencing the fact that Nassar would never again be a free man.
Nassar had agreed to serve a minimum sentence of 40 years as part of a plea deal, with that prison time coming after he completes his 60-year federal sentence for child pornography charges.
Dry those eyes: That tearful apology was quickly revealed to be an act, with Judge Aquilina [photo] reading the letter that Nassar wrote last week
He was expected to get a maximum of 125 years in prison, but Judge Aquilina went well beyond that mark.
Prior to that, the pedophile doctor addressed his victims in a brief statement, choosing to turn and face the women as he made his remarks.
‘Your words these past several days, your words, have had a significant emotional effect on myself and has shaken me to my core,’ he mumbled through tears.
‘I also realize what I’m feeling pales in comparison.’
He then added: ‘I will carry you words with me for the rest of my days.’
His apparent contrition however, was exposed to be a sham by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who proved that point by reading from the letter that Nassar submitted to the court last week.
Kick off: Rachael Denhollander (above) smiles as Nassar is sentenced on Wednesday, almost two years after she filed her report against the doctor and set the case in motion
The final moments: A young woman tensely waits for Judge Aquilina to hand down her sentence on Wednesday in court
‘What I did in the state cases was medical, not sexual, but because of the [federal porn conviction] I lost all credibility,’ read Judge Aquilina from the letter.
‘So I’m trying to avoid a trial to save the stress to my community, my family. But look what’s happening. It’s wrong.’
He then wrote about his victims in words that were a far cry from the statement he had made moments earlier in court.
‘I was a good doctor, because my treatments worked and those patients that are now speaking out were the same ones that praised and came back over and over,’ wrote Nassar.
‘The media convinced them that it was wrong and bad.’
Your contrition is a sham: Judge Aquilina reads from the letter that Nassar submitted in court last week while complaining about the state of his mental health
The crowd gasped as the letter then read: ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.’
Those gasps quickly turned to laughter however when Judge Aquilina read a subsequent line in Nassar’s letter in which he painted himself to be a martyr.
‘I was so manipulated by the Attorney General and now Aquilina, and all I wanted was to minimize stress to everyone,’ wrote Nassar.
There were few laughs, however, when he made his next point in the letter, with Judge Aquilina reading: ‘Now [the victims] are seeking the media attention and financial reward.’
Judge Aquilina had reached her breaking point by then, and reminded Nassar of his plea agreement.
‘Would you like to withdraw your guilty plea?’, she asked the doctor.
When Nassar declined she quickly pushed back however, not wanting to let this point rest after 156 victims had shared statements with the court.
‘Because you are guilty, correct?’ asked Aquilina.
Nassar then responded by mumbling: ‘I’ve said my plea.’
Insincere apology: Nassar, flanked by his defense team, addresses his victims: ‘Your words these past several days, your words, have had a significant emotional effect on myself and has shaken me to my core,’ Nassar mumbled through tears. His act lasted only minutes before it was exposed by the bench
Given his uncooperative state, Judge Aquilina decided at that point to speak for Nassar.
“You, sir, decided on a plea because there was no medical treatment. You did this for your own pleasure,’ she told the defendant, who was flanked by his shell-shocked defense attorneys.
‘This letter tells me you have still not owned what it is that you did. That you still think you’re right, a doctor.’
Judge Aquilina then declared: ‘I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir.’
‘What I did in the state cases was medical, not sexual, but because of the [federal porn conviction] I lost all credibility,’ read Judge Aquilina from the letter [photo, Nassar in court on Wednesday]
Last looks: Mattie Larson [left in white shirt on Wednesday watching Nassar being escorted away] told the pedophile doctor on Tuesday, ‘I f***ing hate you’
Victim Chelsea Williams wipes her eyes at Nassar’s sentencing Wednesday
Long week: Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis wipes a tear from her eye while listening to Denhollander speak in court on Wednesday
She then questioned why Nassar never sought treatment for what was clearly a lifelong perversion.
‘Aside from the letter that you wrote, a couple months after your plea, which tells me you still don’t get it, there’s still something I don’t understand,’ said Judge Aquilina.
‘Sir, you knew you had a problem. That’s clear to me. You knew you had a problem from a very young age. You could have taken yourself away from temptation and you did not. Worse yet, there isn’t a survivor that didn’t come in and say how world-renowned you were.’
Those women were now dealing with the price they have been forced to pay for Nassar’s untreated predilections.
‘You can’t give them back their innocence, their youth,’ said Aquilina of the victims, all of whom she had allowed to receive restitution.
‘You can’t give a father back his life.’
Judge Aquilina then took the letter and tossed it towards the defendant, washing her hands of it for good.
‘I find that you don’t get it, that you’re a danger. That you remain a danger,’ said Judge Aquilina, citing Nassar’s letter as an example of his inability to be accountable for his actions.
An irked Judge Aquilina [photo], told yhe defendant: ‘If you are ever out, which is doubtful, you’ll be required to register as a sex offender’ – ‘I find that you don’t get it, that you’re a danger. That you remain a danger,’ said Judge Aquilina, citing Nassar’s letter as an example of his inability to be accountable for his actions
She then stated: ‘Inaction is an action. Silence is indifference. Justice requires action and a voice. And that is what has happened here in this court.’
Then it was time to hand down the news.
‘As much as it was my honor and privilege to hear the sister survivors, it is my honor and privilege to sentence you,’ said Judge Aquilina.
‘Because, sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again.’
She then noted: ‘If you are ever out, which is doubtful, you’ll be required to register as a sex offender.’
Nassar and his defense attorney Matt Newberg appear to have been caught off guard by Judge Aquilina’s decision to read from his letter
Pay up: ‘You can’t give them back their innocence, their youth,’ said Acquilina of the victims, all of whom she informed would be able to receive restitution (Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis hugs a member of her team as victim Kyle Stephens looks on)
With the prison time set and the sex offender registry note taken care of, Judge Acquilina moved on to the issue of restitution.
That is often seen as an afterthought in these trials, but Judge Aquilina made a point of informing every single woman she was entitled to receive money.
‘You will pay restitution based on whatever amounts are submitted,’ Judge Aquilina told Nassar, later adding that his attorneys could ask for a hearing.
His attorneys were quick to point out, however, that there was no money.
‘The victims deserve the money,’ Judge Aquilina told the defense.
‘The county will survive one way or another.’
There were just a few more things to take care of at that point, with Judge Aquilina making sure that Nassar understood his sentence and informing him he had 21 days to appeal.
Feeling threatened: Nassar’s defense spoke of how hard the trial has been on them, noting that they have received death threats directed at their children
She also reminded Nassar he was no longer a doctor in response to an article she read that said he was providing inmates with medical treatment behind bars.
His defense team, meanwhile, spoke of how hard the trial has been on them, noting that they have received death threats directed at their children.
Attorney Matt Newburg pointed out that the Constitution affords Nassar to a ‘zealous defense,’ a notion that was backed up by the judge.
‘Please respect their job. It’s a difficult one. I know, I’ve been in their shoes,’ Judge Aquilina told those in attendance.
Judge Aquilina took some time to praise the victims once more as well in court, and issue a warning to the media that she would not be giving interviews because this is not her story.
Hugs: Judge Aquilina made sure that Nassar understood his sentence and informing him he had 21 days to appeal.
Denhollander, the the woman who built the ‘army of survivors’ and started the case against Nassar was the last to speak in the pedophile doctor’s seven-day sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
Rachael Denhollander was 15 when she was sexually assaulted, and she began her remarks by stating: ‘The sentence rendered today will send a message across this country. And so I ask, how much is a little girl worth? How much is a young women worth?’
Then mother-of-two then outlined the many reasons why Nassar deserved the maximum sentence, and why Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee needed to be put under investigation.
She also shared a few shocking stories that spoke to the depraved behavior of Nassar’s defense team, MSU staff and Nassar himself.
Kyle Stephens Friday with Chief Dunlap: ‘You can’t give a father back his life,’ Judge Aquilina said a reference to the death of Kyle Stephens’ father who killed himself over the abuse.
Denhollander, who has sat in the courtroom every day, approached the podium on Wednesday after a brief introduction from Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis.
‘I knew after meeting her we would be here at some point,’ she told the court of the woman whose 2016 report put multiple cases against Nassar in motion.
‘I knew there was no doubt that she would carry this case and the world would believe her.’
‘Larry meticulously groomed me for the purpose of exploiting me for his sexual pleasure,’ Denhollander informed the court.
It was then revealed to the court how this happens, with the victim explaining that because no adult questioned Nassar’s practices or motives, she assumed his penetration of her was normal medical practice.
‘As Larry abused me, I assured myself it was just fine because I thought I could trust the adults around me,’ said Denhollander.
‘And so I lay still.’
She now knows, however, that it was not a medical treatment but sexual assault, and she called out the number of times places like MSU ignored reports and complaints and allegations about Nassar’s practices.
Things then got worse when she went public, with Denhollander noting: ‘My sexual assault was wielded like a weapon against me.’
Nassar’s defense team went after Denhollander and questioned her credibility, she said, all while making it seem as though she were out for money.
Denhollander, who is not asking for any restitution in the case, then noted that it was Nassar’s defense attorney Susan Smith that was frequently mugging for the camera in court while being paid.
Denhollander spoke for 36 minutes in the end, leaving those listening in tears and earning a standing ovation when she returned to her seat.
‘May the horror expressed in this courtroom over the past seven days be motivation for anyone and everyone, no matter the context, to take responsibility if they have erred in protecting a child, to understand the incredible failures that led to this week and to do it better the next time,’ stated Denhollander.
She received praise from Judge Aquilina when she concluded: ‘You started the tidal wave,’ she told Denhollander, labeling her the ‘five-star general’ of this incredible army.
‘You made all of this happen. You made all of these voices matter. Your sister survivors and I thank you. You are the greatest person I’ve ever had in my courtroom.’
Outside the courthouse Denhollander hinted that this might not be the end after all, and could be just the beginning of her quest to make sure all those involved are held accountable.