Category Archives: Gymnastics

Father of Larry Nassar victims lunges at disgraced doctor in court

Randall Margraves asks for ‘five minutes alone’ with sexual abuser jailed for up to 175 years

The judge in the gymnastics sexual abuse case said on Friday there is “no way” she will punish the father of three girls who were his victims, after the man tried to attack the former US gymnastics team doctor in court on Friday.

Randall Margrave, the father of three daughters sexually abused by disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar, was nevertheless told by the judge that his actions were wrong, and Margrave apologized at Nassar’s sentencing hearing in Michigan.

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Larry Nassar: victim's father attempts attack in court – video

The disgraced former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar had his sentence hearing interrupted as one of the victim’s parents attempted to attack him. Randall Margrave, a father of three, had previously asked for ‘five minutes alone’ with the man sentenced to 175 years in jail

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2004 Larry Nassar investigation dropped after doctor's PowerPoint presentation

Police decided not to prosecute abuse allegation after disgraced doctor said he was conducting legitimate medical procedures

Police dropped an investigation into disgraced former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in 2004 after he told them he was conducting legitimate medical treatment, according to documents released on Wednesday.

Brianne Randall-Gay was 17 when she was treated for scoliosis by Nassar, who massaged her breasts and attempted to put his fingers in her vagina. Randall-Gay’s mother subsequently complained to Meridian Township police department. However, Nassar said the treatment was part of “a medical technique known as Sacrotuberous Ligament Release” and gave police a PowerPoint presentation on the subject.

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Karolyi Ranch to be focus of state criminal probe in gymnastics scandal

  • Texas Rangers to look into Karolyi Ranch as abuse scandal widens
  • Claims allege some instances of Nassar abuse happened at ranch

Texas governor Greg Abbott ordered a criminal investigation Tuesday into claims that former doctor Larry Nassar abused some of his victims at a Texas ranch that was the training ground for USA women’s gymnastics.

Abbott ordered the Texas Rangers, the state’s top criminal investigations unit, to look into the Karolyi Ranch. It hosted training camps for more than a decade until earlier this year. The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is already investigating.

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Larry Nassar's 'death warrant': sexual abuser jailed for up to 175 years

  • Nassar given between 40 and 175 years in prison in abuse trial
  • A total of 156 survivors gave victim impact statements in court
  • Disgraced physician was already facing 60 years in separate case

The former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in prison for abusing athletes in his care.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina reached her decision after a sentence hearing that heard from dozens of women and girls, including the Olympic champions Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney.

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Larry Nassar is locked up for life. Now the real work begins

The disgraced physician will die behind bars for the sexual abuse of athletes under the guise of treatment, but the search for justice has only just begun

The courtroom erupted into applause on Wednesday afternoon as Larry Nassar, the former USA gymnastics team doctor and Michigan State University sports medicine physician, exited stage left to spend the rest of his life in prison for the systematic sexual abuse of athletes under his care. Survivors and their families in the gallery wept and embraced. It was a catharsis hard-won by the bravery of dozens of young women, empowered by solidarity, who stepped forward to hold the powerful to account.

The terms of Nassar’s guilty plea on seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct allowed for anyone who said they were a victim to read an impact statement in court. Remarkably, the total of 88 girls and women initially scheduled to speak nearly doubled over the course of the sentencing hearing as it spilled over into a second week. One by one they faced their nightmare incarnate, from household names like six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, whose scorched-earth salvo will be long remembered, and countless more who never reached the elite level, putting forth searing testimony on the pathology of a sociopath who leveraged his authority and professional heft to betray the trust of young athletes and their families.

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‘Larry Nassar, I hate you’: abuse victims in their own words – video

The former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing girls in his care under the guise of medical treatment. Over the course of his seven-day sentencing hearing a total of 156 girls and women spoke out to tell their stories

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Victim impact statements against Larry Nassar: 'I thought I was going to die'

A total of 156 women gave testimony at the sentence hearing for the former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar

A total of 156 women gave testimony at the sentence hearing for the former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. On Wednesday, Nassar was jailed for up to 175 years and the judge paid tribute to the bravery of those who came forward to detail Nassar’s abuse. Below are some of the most striking stories.

Related: Larry Nassar’s ‘death warrant’: sexual abuser jailed for up to 175 years

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Why Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is my style – and everything – icon

Her fine pompadour hairdo is one thing, but the way the Michigan judge has presided over the abuse scandal enveloping US gymnastics is quite another

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Judge Rosemarie Aquilina of the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County. What? Were you expecting some hot, new – picks up old-lady spectacles and looks up – “exciting youth trend” YouTube star, and not a grandmother of two from Michigan? Well, buckle up buttercups, because this is 2018 and we are way past the point of messing around with nonsense. Which is why I am celebrating Judge Aquilina, currently presiding over the sentencing of Larry Nassar, the former US gymnastics team doctor, accused of sexually abusing more than 140 girls and women, including Olympians Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. And yet, this story has gotten astonishingly little coverage outside of the US, especially compared to the Jerry Sandusky scandal of 2011 (in which Sandusky, the assistant football coach at Penn State University, was convicted of sexually abusing young boys). I get that more people are interested in men’s football than gymnastics, but can someone let us know how many female victims you need to make up one male football player so we know what to aim for next time one of these stories comes up? Thanks.

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Stand up for Aly Raisman in fight to purge the horrors of Larry Nassar | Marina Hyde

The US gymnast, who gave an electrifying victim statement face to face with her abuser in court, is now is now taking on the US Olympic Committee

Last Friday, the multiple gold-medal winning US gymnast Aly Raisman delivered an electrifyingly powerful victim statement at the sentencing hearing of the former US gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. If you haven’t watched it, I recommend you take the time. For any 23-year-old to speak with such intensity, poise and control would be remarkable; to do so directly to her sexual abuser in a packed courtroom under the gaze of the cameras is of a radically different order.

I’m glad Raisman was so clear about having only just begun to use her power and voice, because to watch her speak is to watch someone make the most stunning of debuts into public life. She made the speech on Friday afternoon; by Saturday morning quotations from it were already on placards at the women’s marches across America.

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