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Larry Nassar's victims speak out

Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander makes a statement during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar, February 2, 2018. Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison for molesting young female gymnasts, capping weeks of horrifying testimony from nearly 200 victims about his decades of abuse. As the judge delivered Nassar's sentence on Monday, Denhollander, the first woman to make her allegations of abuse public in 2016, smiled broadly and squeezed her husband's hand. After Nassar was led out in handcuffs, a parade of victims lined up to hug and thank Denhollander.

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Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander makes a statement during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar, February 2, 2018. Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison for molesting young female...more

Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander makes a statement during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar, February 2, 2018. Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison for molesting young female gymnasts, capping weeks of horrifying testimony from nearly 200 victims about his decades of abuse. As the judge delivered Nassar's sentence on Monday, Denhollander, the first woman to make her allegations of abuse public in 2016, smiled broadly and squeezed her husband's hand. After Nassar was led out in handcuffs, a parade of victims lined up to hug and thank Denhollander. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Larry Nassar sits in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing in the Eaton County Court, February 2, 2018. Nassar, who previously received a 40-to-175-year sentence in Ingham County, Michigan, for sexual assault, was sentenced in neighboring Eaton County on a second set of charges. He is also serving a 60-year federal term for child pornography convictions. The doctor offered a brief apology to his victims on Monday, saying, "The words expressed by everyone that has spoken, including the parents, have impacted me to my innermost core. With that being said, I understand and acknowledge that it pales in comparison to the pain, trauma and emotions that you all are feeling. It's impossible to convey the depth and breadth of how sorry I am to each and every one involved. The visions of your testimonies will forever be present in my thoughts."

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Larry Nassar sits in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing in the Eaton County Court, February 2, 2018. Nassar, who previously received a 40-to-175-year sentence in Ingham County, Michigan, for sexual assault, was sentenced in neighboring Eaton...more

Larry Nassar sits in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing in the Eaton County Court, February 2, 2018. Nassar, who previously received a 40-to-175-year sentence in Ingham County, Michigan, for sexual assault, was sentenced in neighboring Eaton County on a second set of charges. He is also serving a 60-year federal term for child pornography convictions. The doctor offered a brief apology to his victims on Monday, saying, "The words expressed by everyone that has spoken, including the parents, have impacted me to my innermost core. With that being said, I understand and acknowledge that it pales in comparison to the pain, trauma and emotions that you all are feeling. It's impossible to convey the depth and breadth of how sorry I am to each and every one involved. The visions of your testimonies will forever be present in my thoughts." REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Friday's hearing was briefly interrupted when Randall Margraves, whose three daughters were all Nassar victims, tried to attack Nassar in the courtroom before being tackled by officers.

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Friday's hearing was briefly interrupted when Randall Margraves, whose three daughters were all Nassar victims, tried to attack Nassar in the courtroom before being tackled by officers. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Friday's hearing was briefly interrupted when Randall Margraves, whose three daughters were all Nassar victims, tried to attack Nassar in the courtroom before being tackled by officers. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Eaton County Circuit Judge Janice Cunningham said Nassar had again suggested in a pre-sentencing interview with authorities that his conduct was legitimate medical treatment. "I am not convinced that you truly understand that what you did was wrong, and the devastating impact that you have had on the victims, their families and friends," she told Nassar. "Clearly you are in denial. You don't get it."

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Eaton County Circuit Judge Janice Cunningham said Nassar had again suggested in a pre-sentencing interview with authorities that his conduct was legitimate medical treatment. "I am not convinced that you truly understand that what you did was wrong,...more

Eaton County Circuit Judge Janice Cunningham said Nassar had again suggested in a pre-sentencing interview with authorities that his conduct was legitimate medical treatment. "I am not convinced that you truly understand that what you did was wrong, and the devastating impact that you have had on the victims, their families and friends," she told Nassar. "Clearly you are in denial. You don't get it." REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis (R) greets former gymnast Jessica Thomashow, February 5, 2018. Prosecutors have said there are approximately 265 known victims in total, including Olympic gold medalists like McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman. Athletes were drawn to Nassar for treatment due to his reputation as the go-to doctor for Olympic gymnasts. He disguised his digital penetration of victims as "intravaginal adjustment," a legitimate treatment sometimes used to relieve pain.

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Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis (R) greets former gymnast Jessica Thomashow, February 5, 2018. Prosecutors have said there are approximately 265 known victims in total, including Olympic gold medalists like McKayla Maroney and Aly...more

Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis (R) greets former gymnast Jessica Thomashow, February 5, 2018. Prosecutors have said there are approximately 265 known victims in total, including Olympic gold medalists like McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman. Athletes were drawn to Nassar for treatment due to his reputation as the go-to doctor for Olympic gymnasts. He disguised his digital penetration of victims as "intravaginal adjustment," a legitimate treatment sometimes used to relieve pain. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Former gymnast Ashley Erickson is hugged by her mother during sentencing, February 5, 2018. "I failed my own daughter," Lynn Erickson said tearfully in court on Friday, as her daughter Ashley, one of Nassar's victims, wiped away tears.

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Former gymnast Ashley Erickson is hugged by her mother during sentencing, February 5, 2018. "I failed my own daughter," Lynn Erickson said tearfully in court on Friday, as her daughter Ashley, one of Nassar's victims, wiped away...more

Former gymnast Ashley Erickson is hugged by her mother during sentencing, February 5, 2018. "I failed my own daughter," Lynn Erickson said tearfully in court on Friday, as her daughter Ashley, one of Nassar's victims, wiped away tears. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Madison Rae Margraves gives her impact statement as her parents and sister Lauren listen, February 2, 2018. Margraves' daughters had also described the impact on their parents. At Nassar's first sentencing hearing last month, his oldest daughter Morgan said her father "went out driving to look for him around East Lansing" after news of his abuse broke. "I'm not exactly sure what he would have done if he saw him," she said. "However, he felt he still had to protect us in the way fathers do for their daughters."

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Madison Rae Margraves gives her impact statement as her parents and sister Lauren listen, February 2, 2018. Margraves' daughters had also described the impact on their parents. At Nassar's first sentencing hearing last month, his oldest daughter...more

Madison Rae Margraves gives her impact statement as her parents and sister Lauren listen, February 2, 2018. Margraves' daughters had also described the impact on their parents. At Nassar's first sentencing hearing last month, his oldest daughter Morgan said her father "went out driving to look for him around East Lansing" after news of his abuse broke. "I'm not exactly sure what he would have done if he saw him," she said. "However, he felt he still had to protect us in the way fathers do for their daughters." REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Ashleigh Weiszerbod reads her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her, February 2, 2018. In both Ingham and Eaton counties, girls and women gave wrenching and powerful accounts of how Nassar abused them, sometimes with their own parents present in the exam room. Many said they spoke out to heal their own wounds and prevent future sexual abuse, many choosing to testify only after watching fellow survivors express a sense of catharsis.

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Ashleigh Weiszerbod reads her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her, February 2, 2018. In both Ingham and Eaton counties, girls and women gave wrenching and powerful accounts of how Nassar abused them, sometimes with their own parents...more

Ashleigh Weiszerbod reads her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her, February 2, 2018. In both Ingham and Eaton counties, girls and women gave wrenching and powerful accounts of how Nassar abused them, sometimes with their own parents present in the exam room. Many said they spoke out to heal their own wounds and prevent future sexual abuse, many choosing to testify only after watching fellow survivors express a sense of catharsis. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Lavonda Simon reads a victim statement in memory of her deceased daughter, former gymnast Megan Simon, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Lavonda Simon reads a victim statement in memory of her deceased daughter, former gymnast Megan Simon, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Lavonda Simon reads a victim statement in memory of her deceased daughter, former gymnast Megan Simon, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Larissa Boyce told her coach in 1997 that she believed Nassar's actions were wrong but she was warned to keep silent. She had been convinced his treatment was legitimate until the wave of allegations made her realize she had been right. "It took so long to get here because people don't want to believe little girls," she told Reuters after the sentencing. "It speaks to the power of power and friendship to protect criminals. Nobody wanted to believe Larry was like this. Now everyone knows." 

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Larissa Boyce told her coach in 1997 that she believed Nassar's actions were wrong but she was warned to keep silent. She had been convinced his treatment was legitimate until the wave of allegations made her realize she had been right. "It took so...more

Larissa Boyce told her coach in 1997 that she believed Nassar's actions were wrong but she was warned to keep silent. She had been convinced his treatment was legitimate until the wave of allegations made her realize she had been right. "It took so long to get here because people don't want to believe little girls," she told Reuters after the sentencing. "It speaks to the power of power and friendship to protect criminals. Nobody wanted to believe Larry was like this. Now everyone knows." REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Victim and former gymnast Bailey Lorencen speaks, January 22, 2018. "I'm just ready for it to be over," Bailey Lorencen, who was abused by Nassar as a preteen gymnast, told Reuters after Nassar's third sentencing on February 5. "It's finally done."

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Victim and former gymnast Bailey Lorencen speaks, January 22, 2018. "I'm just ready for it to be over," Bailey Lorencen, who was abused by Nassar as a preteen gymnast, told Reuters after Nassar's third sentencing on February 5. "It's finally...more

Victim and former gymnast Bailey Lorencen speaks, January 22, 2018. "I'm just ready for it to be over," Bailey Lorencen, who was abused by Nassar as a preteen gymnast, told Reuters after Nassar's third sentencing on February 5. "It's finally done." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Taylor Helber gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. The scandal surrounding Nassar has reverberated far beyond the sports world, sparking various investigations into why the U.S. Olympic Committee, sport governing body USA Gymnastics, and Michigan State University, where he also worked, failed to investigate complaints about him going back years.

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Taylor Helber gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. The scandal surrounding Nassar has reverberated far beyond the sports world, sparking various investigations into why the U.S. Olympic Committee, sport governing body USA Gymnastics,...more

Taylor Helber gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. The scandal surrounding Nassar has reverberated far beyond the sports world, sparking various investigations into why the U.S. Olympic Committee, sport governing body USA Gymnastics, and Michigan State University, where he also worked, failed to investigate complaints about him going back years. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Kathleen Lovelette gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands with her, February 2, 2018. High-level officials at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State have been forced to resign in recent weeks. The U.S. Olympic Committee has launched an investigation into its own conduct as well as that of USA Gymnastics.

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Kathleen Lovelette gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands with her, February 2, 2018. High-level officials at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State have been forced to resign in recent weeks. The U.S. Olympic Committee has launched an...more

Kathleen Lovelette gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands with her, February 2, 2018. High-level officials at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State have been forced to resign in recent weeks. The U.S. Olympic Committee has launched an investigation into its own conduct as well as that of USA Gymnastics. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Judge Janice K. Cunningham noted the institutional failures that permitted Nassar to continue molesting girls even after several victims allegedly told coaches, trainers, Michigan State and a local police department about his abuse. "It is unfathomable how many victims would have been spared had authorities acted upon the complaints received years ago," she said February 5.

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Judge Janice K. Cunningham noted the institutional failures that permitted Nassar to continue molesting girls even after several victims allegedly told coaches, trainers, Michigan State and a local police department about his abuse. "It is...more

Judge Janice K. Cunningham noted the institutional failures that permitted Nassar to continue molesting girls even after several victims allegedly told coaches, trainers, Michigan State and a local police department about his abuse. "It is unfathomable how many victims would have been spared had authorities acted upon the complaints received years ago," she said February 5. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Erin Poliquin gives a victim impact statement as her mom stands next to her, February 2, 2018. Many of the victims have filed lawsuits against USA Gymnastics and Michigan State, accusing them of ignoring complaints against Nassar.

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Erin Poliquin gives a victim impact statement as her mom stands next to her, February 2, 2018. Many of the victims have filed lawsuits against USA Gymnastics and Michigan State, accusing them of ignoring complaints against Nassar. REUTERS/Rebecca...more

Erin Poliquin gives a victim impact statement as her mom stands next to her, February 2, 2018. Many of the victims have filed lawsuits against USA Gymnastics and Michigan State, accusing them of ignoring complaints against Nassar. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Victim Rachael Denhollander listens as Larry Nassar is sentenced, January 24, 2018. Denhollander harshly criticized the university, which has moved to dismiss the litigation on grounds the school cannot be held legally liable for Nassar's actions. "They have put institutional protectionism ahead and above the souls of little children," she said.

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Victim Rachael Denhollander listens as Larry Nassar is sentenced, January 24, 2018. Denhollander harshly criticized the university, which has moved to dismiss the litigation on grounds the school cannot be held legally liable for Nassar's actions....more

Victim Rachael Denhollander listens as Larry Nassar is sentenced, January 24, 2018. Denhollander harshly criticized the university, which has moved to dismiss the litigation on grounds the school cannot be held legally liable for Nassar's actions. "They have put institutional protectionism ahead and above the souls of little children," she said. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Kaitlyn Basel (L) gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Kaitlyn Basel (L) gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Kaitlyn Basel (L) gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Gabriela Ralph gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Gabriela Ralph gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Gabriela Ralph gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Melissa Vigogne gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands next to her, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Melissa Vigogne gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands next to her, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Melissa Vigogne gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands next to her, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Katie Black gives her victim impact statement as her dad and coach stand with her, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Katie Black gives her victim impact statement as her dad and coach stand with her, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Katie Black gives her victim impact statement as her dad and coach stand with her, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Former gymnast Valerie Webb gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands next to her, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Former gymnast Valerie Webb gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands next to her, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Former gymnast Valerie Webb gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands next to her, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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"I used to be excited to meet new people," said Erin Blayer, 17, a high school soccer player, reading her victim impact statement, January 31, 2018. "And now, quite frankly, I'm scared. You have destroyed the way I look at male role models in my life."

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"I used to be excited to meet new people," said Erin Blayer, 17, a high school soccer player, reading her victim impact statement, January 31, 2018. "And now, quite frankly, I'm scared. You have destroyed the way I look at male role models in my...more

"I used to be excited to meet new people," said Erin Blayer, 17, a high school soccer player, reading her victim impact statement, January 31, 2018. "And now, quite frankly, I'm scared. You have destroyed the way I look at male role models in my life." REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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"Larry Nassar preyed on us for his own pleasure, leaving in his wake traumatized and broken girls," said Jessica Thomashow, a 9-year-old gymnast who still liked playing with American Girl dolls when Nassar first molested her, she said in a Michigan courtroom. "You took advantage of my innocence and trust," the 17-year-old high school student told Nassar, as he sat, eyes cast downward, in an orange prison jumpsuit. "Why? I ask myself that question all the time, especially when I am lying in bed, crying myself to sleep."

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"Larry Nassar preyed on us for his own pleasure, leaving in his wake traumatized and broken girls," said Jessica Thomashow, a 9-year-old gymnast who still liked playing with American Girl dolls when Nassar first molested her, she said in a Michigan...more

"Larry Nassar preyed on us for his own pleasure, leaving in his wake traumatized and broken girls," said Jessica Thomashow, a 9-year-old gymnast who still liked playing with American Girl dolls when Nassar first molested her, she said in a Michigan courtroom. "You took advantage of my innocence and trust," the 17-year-old high school student told Nassar, as he sat, eyes cast downward, in an orange prison jumpsuit. "Why? I ask myself that question all the time, especially when I am lying in bed, crying myself to sleep." REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Several victims who had previously been unidentified used their names for the first time at the Eaton County Circuit Court hearing on January 31, 2018, saying they had drawn strength from the scores of women who spoke at Nassar's first sentencing. "Without them, I would not be speaking up and be admitting for the first time to my family and friends and most importantly to myself that I am a survivor of abuse," Chandler Lynn wrote in a statement read aloud by her mother, Justine Lynn (pictured). "I wish every day that I had the courage to speak up sooner, but all that matters is that I have now, and I'm not ashamed or scared anymore."

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Several victims who had previously been unidentified used their names for the first time at the Eaton County Circuit Court hearing on January 31, 2018, saying they had drawn strength from the scores of women who spoke at Nassar's first sentencing....more

Several victims who had previously been unidentified used their names for the first time at the Eaton County Circuit Court hearing on January 31, 2018, saying they had drawn strength from the scores of women who spoke at Nassar's first sentencing. "Without them, I would not be speaking up and be admitting for the first time to my family and friends and most importantly to myself that I am a survivor of abuse," Chandler Lynn wrote in a statement read aloud by her mother, Justine Lynn (pictured). "I wish every day that I had the courage to speak up sooner, but all that matters is that I have now, and I'm not ashamed or scared anymore." REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Former gymnast Annie Labrie is hugged by Asst. Michigan Attorney General Angela M. Povilaitis after Labrie read her victim impact statement, January 31, 2018. Over and over, women and teenagers stood to recount similar stories of abuse: Nassar, the famous physician who treated Olympic stars, played the role of caring doctor before sexually assaulting them in his exam room under the guise of medical treatment, sometimes with their own parents present.

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Former gymnast Annie Labrie is hugged by Asst. Michigan Attorney General Angela M. Povilaitis after Labrie read her victim impact statement, January 31, 2018. Over and over, women and teenagers stood to recount similar stories of abuse: Nassar, the...more

Former gymnast Annie Labrie is hugged by Asst. Michigan Attorney General Angela M. Povilaitis after Labrie read her victim impact statement, January 31, 2018. Over and over, women and teenagers stood to recount similar stories of abuse: Nassar, the famous physician who treated Olympic stars, played the role of caring doctor before sexually assaulting them in his exam room under the guise of medical treatment, sometimes with their own parents present. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Mya Covey (C ) reacts to reading her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her. Nassar, 54, previously pleaded guilty to two sets of abuse charges in Michigan's Ingham and Eaton counties. He was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison in the Ingham County case after more than 150 victims including Olympic gold medalists recounted abuse at his hands in an emotionally wrenching week-long hearing.

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Mya Covey (C ) reacts to reading her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her. Nassar, 54, previously pleaded guilty to two sets of abuse charges in Michigan's Ingham and Eaton counties. He was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in...more

Mya Covey (C ) reacts to reading her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her. Nassar, 54, previously pleaded guilty to two sets of abuse charges in Michigan's Ingham and Eaton counties. He was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison in the Ingham County case after more than 150 victims including Olympic gold medalists recounted abuse at his hands in an emotionally wrenching week-long hearing. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Tiffany Dutton reads her victim impact statement as her husband Chad stands next to her. Michigan prosecutors said in court January 31 they have identified more than 265 victims in all. At least 65 victims were expected to offer statements, either written or spoken, during the Eaton County hearing, which is scheduled to last at least three days.

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Tiffany Dutton reads her victim impact statement as her husband Chad stands next to her. Michigan prosecutors said in court January 31 they have identified more than 265 victims in all. At least 65 victims were expected to offer statements, either...more

Tiffany Dutton reads her victim impact statement as her husband Chad stands next to her. Michigan prosecutors said in court January 31 they have identified more than 265 victims in all. At least 65 victims were expected to offer statements, either written or spoken, during the Eaton County hearing, which is scheduled to last at least three days. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Disgraced long-time USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on January 24 to up to 175 years in prison for molesting young female gymnasts, following days of wrenching testimony from about 160 of his victims, including Olympic medalists. Before the sentence was announced, Nassar apologized to his victims, telling them, "I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days."

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Disgraced long-time USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on January 24 to up to 175 years in prison for molesting young female gymnasts, following days of wrenching testimony from about 160 of his victims, including Olympic...more

Disgraced long-time USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on January 24 to up to 175 years in prison for molesting young female gymnasts, following days of wrenching testimony from about 160 of his victims, including Olympic medalists. Before the sentence was announced, Nassar apologized to his victims, telling them, "I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victims and others look on as Rachael Denhollander speaks. The 175-year sentence followed an extraordinary weeklong hearing that saw a parade of Nassar victims tell their stories in raw and unflinching terms, describing how he used medical treatments and their own trust to justify penetrating their bodies with his fingers.

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Victims and others look on as Rachael Denhollander speaks. The 175-year sentence followed an extraordinary weeklong hearing that saw a parade of Nassar victims tell their stories in raw and unflinching terms, describing how he used medical treatments...more

Victims and others look on as Rachael Denhollander speaks. The 175-year sentence followed an extraordinary weeklong hearing that saw a parade of Nassar victims tell their stories in raw and unflinching terms, describing how he used medical treatments and their own trust to justify penetrating their bodies with his fingers. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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After the verdict, the president of Michigan State University, Lou Anna Simon, said she was resigning after facing a barrage of criticism for not doing enough to halt the abuse.

"As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable. As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger.  I understand, and that is why I have limited my personal statements," Simon said in her resignation letter. "I have tried to make it not about me. I urge those who have supported my work to understand that I cannot make it about me now. Therefore, I am tendering my resignation as president according to the terms of my employment agreement."

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After the verdict, the president of Michigan State University, Lou Anna Simon, said she was resigning after facing a barrage of criticism for not doing enough to halt the abuse. "As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable. As president, it is...more

After the verdict, the president of Michigan State University, Lou Anna Simon, said she was resigning after facing a barrage of criticism for not doing enough to halt the abuse. "As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable. As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger. I understand, and that is why I have limited my personal statements," Simon said in her resignation letter. "I have tried to make it not about me. I urge those who have supported my work to understand that I cannot make it about me now. Therefore, I am tendering my resignation as president according to the terms of my employment agreement." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Michigan State University Police Chief Jim Dunlap embraces victim Kyle Stephens after the sentencing, January 24, 2018. "He's going away for a really long time," Stephens said. "He's not practicing medicine anymore. He's not fooling anyone anymore. I think all these little girls grew up into strong women that really rocked his world." Dunlap said: "Despite everything, today is a day that everybody can believe that the criminal justice system worked together, and hopefully that will have a result in more people coming forward -- and that's the important message."

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Michigan State University Police Chief Jim Dunlap embraces victim Kyle Stephens after the sentencing, January 24, 2018. "He's going away for a really long time," Stephens said. "He's not practicing medicine anymore. He's not fooling anyone anymore. I...more

Michigan State University Police Chief Jim Dunlap embraces victim Kyle Stephens after the sentencing, January 24, 2018. "He's going away for a really long time," Stephens said. "He's not practicing medicine anymore. He's not fooling anyone anymore. I think all these little girls grew up into strong women that really rocked his world." Dunlap said: "Despite everything, today is a day that everybody can believe that the criminal justice system worked together, and hopefully that will have a result in more people coming forward -- and that's the important message." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Larry Nassar is led from the courtroom past victims following his sentencing hearing, January 24, 2018. "I've just signed your death warrant," Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar in imposing the penalty, after delivering a searing rebuke of his years of abuse.

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Larry Nassar is led from the courtroom past victims following his sentencing hearing, January 24, 2018. "I've just signed your death warrant," Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar in imposing the penalty, after delivering...more

Larry Nassar is led from the courtroom past victims following his sentencing hearing, January 24, 2018. "I've just signed your death warrant," Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar in imposing the penalty, after delivering a searing rebuke of his years of abuse. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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But Aquilina dismissed his statement as insincere, reading aloud from a letter Nassar wrote to her in which he claimed he was a good doctor who was "manipulated" into pleading guilty, drawing gasps from courtroom spectators. Nassar also claimed his accusers fabricated claims to gain money and fame and wrote, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." "This letter tells me you still do not own what you did," Aquilina said, after angrily tossing the sheet of paper aside. "I wouldn't send my dogs to you, sir." Aquilina also said he will be required to make restitution to them.

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But Aquilina dismissed his statement as insincere, reading aloud from a letter Nassar wrote to her in which he claimed he was a good doctor who was "manipulated" into pleading guilty, drawing gasps from courtroom spectators. Nassar also claimed his...more

But Aquilina dismissed his statement as insincere, reading aloud from a letter Nassar wrote to her in which he claimed he was a good doctor who was "manipulated" into pleading guilty, drawing gasps from courtroom spectators. Nassar also claimed his accusers fabricated claims to gain money and fame and wrote, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." "This letter tells me you still do not own what you did," Aquilina said, after angrily tossing the sheet of paper aside. "I wouldn't send my dogs to you, sir." Aquilina also said he will be required to make restitution to them. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Some victims dabbed their eyes after Aquilina spoke, while Rachael Denhollander, the first victim to come forward publicly in 2016, smiled. Denhollander (pictured) was the last of the victims to speak on January 24, described by Aquilina as "the bravest person I have ever had in my courtroom." When asked by a reporter if 175 years was the right sentence, Denhollander said: "Absolutely. I am very grateful for Judge Aquilina and the leadership she's shown for all of us." Denhollander criticized and claimed that Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics knew about allegations of abuse years ago and failed to act. "No one believed, because no one listened," she said. "And they are still not listening."

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Some victims dabbed their eyes after Aquilina spoke, while Rachael Denhollander, the first victim to come forward publicly in 2016, smiled. Denhollander (pictured) was the last of the victims to speak on January 24, described by Aquilina as "the...more

Some victims dabbed their eyes after Aquilina spoke, while Rachael Denhollander, the first victim to come forward publicly in 2016, smiled. Denhollander (pictured) was the last of the victims to speak on January 24, described by Aquilina as "the bravest person I have ever had in my courtroom." When asked by a reporter if 175 years was the right sentence, Denhollander said: "Absolutely. I am very grateful for Judge Aquilina and the leadership she's shown for all of us." Denhollander criticized and claimed that Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics knew about allegations of abuse years ago and failed to act. "No one believed, because no one listened," she said. "And they are still not listening." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis said the conclusion of Nassar's case takes the victims' shame and puts it "where it belongs, right on him ... At this particular moment in history, this sentence and hearing will be viewed as a turning point in how our community, our state, our nation, our culture looks at sexual abuse," she said.

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Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis said the conclusion of Nassar's case takes the victims' shame and puts it "where it belongs, right on him ... At this particular moment in history, this sentence and hearing will be viewed as a...more

Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis said the conclusion of Nassar's case takes the victims' shame and puts it "where it belongs, right on him ... At this particular moment in history, this sentence and hearing will be viewed as a turning point in how our community, our state, our nation, our culture looks at sexual abuse," she said. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Isabel Hutchins is comforted by family after speaking. Although Nassar only admitted to seven instances of abuse in the case, Aquilina allowed other victims to speak at his sentencing. Throughout much of the proceedings, the bespectacled Nassar sat with his head bowed, rarely making eye contact with his victims.

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Victim Isabel Hutchins is comforted by family after speaking. Although Nassar only admitted to seven instances of abuse in the case, Aquilina allowed other victims to speak at his sentencing. Throughout much of the proceedings, the bespectacled...more

Victim Isabel Hutchins is comforted by family after speaking. Although Nassar only admitted to seven instances of abuse in the case, Aquilina allowed other victims to speak at his sentencing. Throughout much of the proceedings, the bespectacled Nassar sat with his head bowed, rarely making eye contact with his victims. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Kaylee Lorincz said: "I'm so thankful for Judge Aquilina and all the work that she has put into it and the team has put into it. I'm kind of at a loss for words right now. I've been crying all day, but I'm so happy." Kaylee's mother Lisa said: "She just is so grown up and so poised, and it was so heartfelt. And, it's like, my brain went back to when she used to compete, and you'd be like, 'oh, that was really good' and I was really proud -- and other things, like when she got her scholarship. Those are nothing compared to how proud I am of her. She's way stronger than I am."

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Victim Kaylee Lorincz said: "I'm so thankful for Judge Aquilina and all the work that she has put into it and the team has put into it. I'm kind of at a loss for words right now. I've been crying all day, but I'm so happy." Kaylee's mother Lisa said:...more

Victim Kaylee Lorincz said: "I'm so thankful for Judge Aquilina and all the work that she has put into it and the team has put into it. I'm kind of at a loss for words right now. I've been crying all day, but I'm so happy." Kaylee's mother Lisa said: "She just is so grown up and so poised, and it was so heartfelt. And, it's like, my brain went back to when she used to compete, and you'd be like, 'oh, that was really good' and I was really proud -- and other things, like when she got her scholarship. Those are nothing compared to how proud I am of her. She's way stronger than I am." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Eighteen-year-old Emily Morales said she wanted to forgive the former MSU doctor Larry Nassar and asked that he apologize to her, January 23, 2018.

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Eighteen-year-old Emily Morales said she wanted to forgive the former MSU doctor Larry Nassar and asked that he apologize to her, January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Eighteen-year-old Emily Morales said she wanted to forgive the former MSU doctor Larry Nassar and asked that he apologize to her, January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A victim reacts as Larry Nassar speaks during his sentencing, January 24, 2018. 

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A victim reacts as Larry Nassar speaks during his sentencing, January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A victim reacts as Larry Nassar speaks during his sentencing, January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Sterling Riethman speaks, January 24, 2018. 

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Victim Sterling Riethman speaks, January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Sterling Riethman speaks, January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Kyle Stephens said Larry Nassar, a family friend, began molesting her when she was 6 years old and her parents did not believe her when she told them. "You convinced my parents that I was a liar," Stephens said. "Little girls don't stay little forever," she added. "They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world." Once her father realized she was telling the truth, he took his own life, Stephens said.

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Kyle Stephens said Larry Nassar, a family friend, began molesting her when she was 6 years old and her parents did not believe her when she told them. "You convinced my parents that I was a liar," Stephens said. "Little girls don't stay little...more

Kyle Stephens said Larry Nassar, a family friend, began molesting her when she was 6 years old and her parents did not believe her when she told them. "You convinced my parents that I was a liar," Stephens said. "Little girls don't stay little forever," she added. "They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world." Once her father realized she was telling the truth, he took his own life, Stephens said. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Dr. Larry Nassar listens to a victim during his sentencing hearing. Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault before Aquilina in November. He is already serving a 60-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in July to child pornography charges in federal court. Nassar has sat through the proceedings with his head bowed, not making eye contact with the victims. He apologized for his crimes at the November hearing, local media reported.

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Dr. Larry Nassar listens to a victim during his sentencing hearing. Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault before Aquilina in November. He is already serving a 60-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in July...more

Dr. Larry Nassar listens to a victim during his sentencing hearing. Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault before Aquilina in November. He is already serving a 60-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in July to child pornography charges in federal court. Nassar has sat through the proceedings with his head bowed, not making eye contact with the victims. He apologized for his crimes at the November hearing, local media reported. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman excoriated Nassar for sexually abusing her and other young women entrusted to his care and also lambasted the Olympic organization that failed for years to protect the athletes. Raisman, 23, stared directly at Nassar as she read her 15-minute statement in court. "We have our voices and we will not be silenced," said Raisman, the co-captain of the women's gymnastics squad at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games. "I'm no longer that little girl you met in Australia who you first began grooming and manipulating."

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Three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman excoriated Nassar for sexually abusing her and other young women entrusted to his care and also lambasted the Olympic organization that failed for years to protect the athletes. Raisman, 23, stared directly at...more

Three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman excoriated Nassar for sexually abusing her and other young women entrusted to his care and also lambasted the Olympic organization that failed for years to protect the athletes. Raisman, 23, stared directly at Nassar as she read her 15-minute statement in court. "We have our voices and we will not be silenced," said Raisman, the co-captain of the women's gymnastics squad at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games. "I'm no longer that little girl you met in Australia who you first began grooming and manipulating." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim and former gymnast Jordyn Wieber speaks at the sentencing hearing. Wieber was a member of the gold medal-winning women's team at the 2012 London Olympics. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim and former gymnast Jordyn Wieber speaks at the sentencing hearing. Wieber was a member of the gold medal-winning women's team at the 2012 London Olympics. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim and former gymnast Jordyn Wieber speaks at the sentencing hearing. Wieber was a member of the gold medal-winning women's team at the 2012 London Olympics. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Raisman said she had not planned to provide her testimony, but she was inspired by other victims who had taken the podium. Her anger was targeted as well at USA Gymnastics and her dismay at what she felt is a lackluster reaction to the scandal by newly installed CEO Kerry Perry. Perry, who attended the hearings earlier in the week, was not present Friday. "Unfortunately you have taken on an organization that is rotten from the inside," Raisman said to Perry in absentia. "You will be judged by how you deal with this. We need an independent investigation into what happened, what went wrong and how we can avoid this in the future."

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Raisman said she had not planned to provide her testimony, but she was inspired by other victims who had taken the podium. Her anger was targeted as well at USA Gymnastics and her dismay at what she felt is a lackluster reaction to the scandal by...more

Raisman said she had not planned to provide her testimony, but she was inspired by other victims who had taken the podium. Her anger was targeted as well at USA Gymnastics and her dismay at what she felt is a lackluster reaction to the scandal by newly installed CEO Kerry Perry. Perry, who attended the hearings earlier in the week, was not present Friday. "Unfortunately you have taken on an organization that is rotten from the inside," Raisman said to Perry in absentia. "You will be judged by how you deal with this. We need an independent investigation into what happened, what went wrong and how we can avoid this in the future." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Donna Markham, the mother of Chelsea Markham, testified her daughter was molested by Nassar after seeking treatment for a back injury she suffered in a fall off a balance beam when she was 10, Sports Illustrated reported. Chelsea never recovered from the abuse and it led her to a life of drugs, culminating with her suicide in 2009 at age 23, the mother said according to the magazine. Outside the courtroom, Markham told reporters she felt compelled to speak for her daughter. "I wanted him (Nassar) to hear what happened to my daughter ... the fact that he started the process of her self-destruction," according to video posted on the Lansing State Journal website.
 
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Donna Markham, the mother of Chelsea Markham, testified her daughter was molested by Nassar after seeking treatment for a back injury she suffered in a fall off a balance beam when she was 10, Sports Illustrated reported. Chelsea never recovered from...more

Donna Markham, the mother of Chelsea Markham, testified her daughter was molested by Nassar after seeking treatment for a back injury she suffered in a fall off a balance beam when she was 10, Sports Illustrated reported. Chelsea never recovered from the abuse and it led her to a life of drugs, culminating with her suicide in 2009 at age 23, the mother said according to the magazine. Outside the courtroom, Markham told reporters she felt compelled to speak for her daughter. "I wanted him (Nassar) to hear what happened to my daughter ... the fact that he started the process of her self-destruction," according to video posted on the Lansing State Journal website. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Thomas Brennan, a youth gymnastics coach, confronted Nassar in a Michigan courtroom on the second day of a sentencing hearing. "For the record, go to hell," Brennan said, glowering at Nassar. Brennan's outburst came as he stood next to one of Nassar's victims, Gwen Anderson, as she recounted the molestation she suffered at the hands of Nassar. At one point during Anderson's tearful testimony, Brennan barked at Nassar, "look at her." Brennan told Ingham County Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina that he sent more than 100 girls to Nassar, whom he once considered a mentor. "The guilt I feel for that is hard to fathom," he said.

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Thomas Brennan, a youth gymnastics coach, confronted Nassar in a Michigan courtroom on the second day of a sentencing hearing. "For the record, go to hell," Brennan said, glowering at Nassar. Brennan's outburst came as he stood next to one of...more

Thomas Brennan, a youth gymnastics coach, confronted Nassar in a Michigan courtroom on the second day of a sentencing hearing. "For the record, go to hell," Brennan said, glowering at Nassar. Brennan's outburst came as he stood next to one of Nassar's victims, Gwen Anderson, as she recounted the molestation she suffered at the hands of Nassar. At one point during Anderson's tearful testimony, Brennan barked at Nassar, "look at her." Brennan told Ingham County Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina that he sent more than 100 girls to Nassar, whom he once considered a mentor. "The guilt I feel for that is hard to fathom," he said. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A mother of one-time U.S. Gymnastics team member, Maggie Nichols, who tried to qualify to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games, makes a statement. "A real doctor never sees a child alone," said Gina Nichols, who said she is a registered nurse and whose husband is a doctor. "You're a serial child molester - a pedophile." Nichols also criticized USA Gymnastics for not properly vetting Nassar, who served as the team's physician through four Olympic Games.

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A mother of one-time U.S. Gymnastics team member, Maggie Nichols, who tried to qualify to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games, makes a statement. "A real doctor never sees a child alone," said Gina Nichols, who said she is a registered nurse and whose...more

A mother of one-time U.S. Gymnastics team member, Maggie Nichols, who tried to qualify to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games, makes a statement. "A real doctor never sees a child alone," said Gina Nichols, who said she is a registered nurse and whose husband is a doctor. "You're a serial child molester - a pedophile." Nichols also criticized USA Gymnastics for not properly vetting Nassar, who served as the team's physician through four Olympic Games. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, seen here talking to Nassar, has addressed each victim and repeatedly said she will make certain Nassar gets a lengthy prison sentence. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence. "He will die there," Aquilina told one victim. "The next judge he faces will be God."

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Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, seen here talking to Nassar, has addressed each victim and repeatedly said she will make certain Nassar gets a lengthy prison sentence. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence. "He will die there," Aquilina...more

Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, seen here talking to Nassar, has addressed each victim and repeatedly said she will make certain Nassar gets a lengthy prison sentence. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence. "He will die there," Aquilina told one victim. "The next judge he faces will be God." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis reads a statement for victim and gymnast McKayla Maroney: "As it turns out much to my demise, Dr. Nassar was not a doctor, he in fact was and forever shall be a child molester, a monster of a human being, end of story. He abused my trust, he abused my body, and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away ... I thought I was going to die that night. Because the national team training camps did not allow parents to be present, my mom and dad were unable to observe what Nassar was doing and this has imposed a terrible and undeserved burden of guilt on my loving family ... Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, not only because of what he did to me, my teammates, and so many other little girls. He needs to be behind bars so he will never prey upon another child." Maroney filed a lawsuit last month against the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, alleging she was forced to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to prevent her from going public with any allegations against Nassar. Maroney has said she signed the reported $1.25 million settlement in December 2016 after "years of psychological trauma" and molestation. According to the arrangement, which included nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses, Maroney or her parents could open themselves to being sued for more than $100,000 for breaking the settlement.

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Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis reads a statement for victim and gymnast McKayla Maroney: "As it turns out much to my demise, Dr. Nassar was not a doctor, he in fact was and forever shall be a child molester, a monster of a human being, end of story. He...more

Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis reads a statement for victim and gymnast McKayla Maroney: "As it turns out much to my demise, Dr. Nassar was not a doctor, he in fact was and forever shall be a child molester, a monster of a human being, end of story. He abused my trust, he abused my body, and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away ... I thought I was going to die that night. Because the national team training camps did not allow parents to be present, my mom and dad were unable to observe what Nassar was doing and this has imposed a terrible and undeserved burden of guilt on my loving family ... Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, not only because of what he did to me, my teammates, and so many other little girls. He needs to be behind bars so he will never prey upon another child." Maroney filed a lawsuit last month against the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, alleging she was forced to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to prevent her from going public with any allegations against Nassar. Maroney has said she signed the reported $1.25 million settlement in December 2016 after "years of psychological trauma" and molestation. According to the arrangement, which included nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses, Maroney or her parents could open themselves to being sued for more than $100,000 for breaking the settlement. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Emma Ann Miller speaks alongside her mother Leslie Miller (R). Miller, 15, says Michigan State University is still billing her mother for appointments she had with Nassar. Miller said she was 'possibly the last child' he ever assaulted. She said her last appointment with Nassar was in August 2016 and shortly after he was let go by MSU.

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Emma Ann Miller speaks alongside her mother Leslie Miller (R). Miller, 15, says Michigan State University is still billing her mother for appointments she had with Nassar. Miller said she was 'possibly the last child' he ever assaulted. She said her...more

Emma Ann Miller speaks alongside her mother Leslie Miller (R). Miller, 15, says Michigan State University is still billing her mother for appointments she had with Nassar. Miller said she was 'possibly the last child' he ever assaulted. She said her last appointment with Nassar was in August 2016 and shortly after he was let go by MSU. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Clasina Syrovy: "With my mom in the room, he would perform these 'treatments', he would see tears leaking out of my eyes and make comments like, 'I have to get really deep in there' and 'I can tell it's very tight'. I thought nothing of it, I was being seen by the best. I trusted him and I trusted the treatment. I now question the intent of the comments he made. His words haunt me. Was he referring to my back, or to my vagina?"

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Victim Clasina Syrovy: "With my mom in the room, he would perform these 'treatments', he would see tears leaking out of my eyes and make comments like, 'I have to get really deep in there' and 'I can tell it's very tight'. I thought nothing of it, I...more

Victim Clasina Syrovy: "With my mom in the room, he would perform these 'treatments', he would see tears leaking out of my eyes and make comments like, 'I have to get really deep in there' and 'I can tell it's very tight'. I thought nothing of it, I was being seen by the best. I trusted him and I trusted the treatment. I now question the intent of the comments he made. His words haunt me. Was he referring to my back, or to my vagina?" REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Jade Capua: "You broke and shattered a lot of girls. You manipulated us to trust you because you're a doctor and doctors do no wrong, only heal. You are not a healer. You perform acts of depravity, just as my English teacher described. You are also the one that must face what you have done for the rest of your life. I am no longer broken by you. Every day I grow new strength and look into the mirror to see a strong, unbreakable person. Nothing will ever take away what you have done to me, or to the others that stand behind me. However, we can walk free and radiate the strength that we have gained from your horrific acts -- something you will never be able to do."

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Jade Capua: "You broke and shattered a lot of girls. You manipulated us to trust you because you're a doctor and doctors do no wrong, only heal. You are not a healer. You perform acts of depravity, just as my English teacher described. You are also...more

Jade Capua: "You broke and shattered a lot of girls. You manipulated us to trust you because you're a doctor and doctors do no wrong, only heal. You are not a healer. You perform acts of depravity, just as my English teacher described. You are also the one that must face what you have done for the rest of your life. I am no longer broken by you. Every day I grow new strength and look into the mirror to see a strong, unbreakable person. Nothing will ever take away what you have done to me, or to the others that stand behind me. However, we can walk free and radiate the strength that we have gained from your horrific acts -- something you will never be able to do." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim and former gymnast Whitney Mergens: "He believed he could relieve some back pain. With my mother in the room, he managed to slip his cold bare hands up my shorts and slid his fingers into the most personal area of my body. As he pushed I was in much discomfort. It felt like it would last forever. When it was over my 11-year-old innocent mind was oblivious to what had just happened. I knew it hurt, but he was the Olympic doctor, so I thought it must have helped."

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Victim and former gymnast Whitney Mergens: "He believed he could relieve some back pain. With my mother in the room, he managed to slip his cold bare hands up my shorts and slid his fingers into the most personal area of my body. As he pushed I was...more

Victim and former gymnast Whitney Mergens: "He believed he could relieve some back pain. With my mother in the room, he managed to slip his cold bare hands up my shorts and slid his fingers into the most personal area of my body. As he pushed I was in much discomfort. It felt like it would last forever. When it was over my 11-year-old innocent mind was oblivious to what had just happened. I knew it hurt, but he was the Olympic doctor, so I thought it must have helped." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Tiffany Thomas Lopez, a former member of USA softball team: "I imagine hitting you, if i ever had the opportunity to see you again. Instead I will allow my thoughts and my feelings to hit your heart. You and your actions have walked with me every step of the way since leaving Michigan State University. Since you've decided to tell the truth about sexually assaulting an army of young women, I'm choosing to stand tall with them and fight back. The army you chose in the late '90s to silence me, to dismiss me and my attempt at speaking the truth will not prevail over the army you created when violating us. We seek justice, we deserve justice and we will have it."

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Tiffany Thomas Lopez, a former member of USA softball team: "I imagine hitting you, if i ever had the opportunity to see you again. Instead I will allow my thoughts and my feelings to hit your heart. You and your actions have walked with me every...more

Tiffany Thomas Lopez, a former member of USA softball team: "I imagine hitting you, if i ever had the opportunity to see you again. Instead I will allow my thoughts and my feelings to hit your heart. You and your actions have walked with me every step of the way since leaving Michigan State University. Since you've decided to tell the truth about sexually assaulting an army of young women, I'm choosing to stand tall with them and fight back. The army you chose in the late '90s to silence me, to dismiss me and my attempt at speaking the truth will not prevail over the army you created when violating us. We seek justice, we deserve justice and we will have it." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Kamerin Moore: "Larry, initially I was hesitant to come speak here, not because I didn't have anything to say to you but because I didn't want the child I am carrying to be in the same room as a child molester. Even unborn life shouldn't be subjected to that. That's how deeply I hate you for what you did to me."

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Kamerin Moore: "Larry, initially I was hesitant to come speak here, not because I didn't have anything to say to you but because I didn't want the child I am carrying to be in the same room as a child molester. Even unborn life shouldn't be subjected...more

Kamerin Moore: "Larry, initially I was hesitant to come speak here, not because I didn't have anything to say to you but because I didn't want the child I am carrying to be in the same room as a child molester. Even unborn life shouldn't be subjected to that. That's how deeply I hate you for what you did to me." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Jamie Dantzscher: "How dare you ask any of us for forgiveness. And how dare you act like you care for a second about our healing ... You're a pathetic monster who is only sorry you got caught. I'm here today with all these other women, not victims but survivors, to tell you face to face that your days of manipulation are over."

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Jamie Dantzscher: "How dare you ask any of us for forgiveness. And how dare you act like you care for a second about our healing ... You're a pathetic monster who is only sorry you got caught. I'm here today with all these other women, not victims...more

Jamie Dantzscher: "How dare you ask any of us for forgiveness. And how dare you act like you care for a second about our healing ... You're a pathetic monster who is only sorry you got caught. I'm here today with all these other women, not victims but survivors, to tell you face to face that your days of manipulation are over." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Former U.S. National team member Jeanette Antolin: "You made me believe that you were my friend. You deceived me, you manipulated me and you abused me. I truly believe that you are the spawn of Satan. You used your hotel room as a personal playground to treat us. You used my innocent body as your sexual playtoy. The biggest competition of my life that I trained years for, you stole that from me ... Those little girls that you took advantage of so easily have now come back to haunt you."

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Former U.S. National team member Jeanette Antolin: "You made me believe that you were my friend. You deceived me, you manipulated me and you abused me. I truly believe that you are the spawn of Satan. You used your hotel room as a personal playground...more

Former U.S. National team member Jeanette Antolin: "You made me believe that you were my friend. You deceived me, you manipulated me and you abused me. I truly believe that you are the spawn of Satan. You used your hotel room as a personal playground to treat us. You used my innocent body as your sexual playtoy. The biggest competition of my life that I trained years for, you stole that from me ... Those little girls that you took advantage of so easily have now come back to haunt you." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Krista Wakeman comforts her mother as she speaks: "I felt my own sense of guilt because I was only 16 years old and I should have stopped this monster from hurting other girls because I know what he did to me was wrong."

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Krista Wakeman comforts her mother as she speaks: "I felt my own sense of guilt because I was only 16 years old and I should have stopped this monster from hurting other girls because I know what he did to me was wrong." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Krista Wakeman comforts her mother as she speaks: "I felt my own sense of guilt because I was only 16 years old and I should have stopped this monster from hurting other girls because I know what he did to me was wrong." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Alexis Moore: "Are you remorseful for your actions and all of the lives that you have changed forever?"

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Alexis Moore: "Are you remorseful for your actions and all of the lives that you have changed forever?" REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Alexis Moore: "Are you remorseful for your actions and all of the lives that you have changed forever?" REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina addresses Larry Nassar, admonishing him after he complained that it's too hard to listen to victim's testimony. Nassar wrote a six-page, single-spaced letter to the judge saying he was concerned about his mental ability to listen to victims for four days as part of his sentencing hearing. "You may find it harsh that you are here listening. But nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands. You spent thousands of hours perpetrating criminal sexual conduct on minors. Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense, and ruining their lives."

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Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina addresses Larry Nassar, admonishing him after he complained that it's too hard to listen to victim's testimony. Nassar wrote a six-page, single-spaced letter to the judge saying he was concerned about his mental...more

Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina addresses Larry Nassar, admonishing him after he complained that it's too hard to listen to victim's testimony. Nassar wrote a six-page, single-spaced letter to the judge saying he was concerned about his mental ability to listen to victims for four days as part of his sentencing hearing. "You may find it harsh that you are here listening. But nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands. You spent thousands of hours perpetrating criminal sexual conduct on minors. Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense, and ruining their lives." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Larry Nassar sits in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Larry Nassar sits in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Larry Nassar sits in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Megan Ginter speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Megan Ginter speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Megan Ginter speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Anya Gillengerten is comforted by her boyfriend as she speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Anya Gillengerten is comforted by her boyfriend as she speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Anya Gillengerten is comforted by her boyfriend as she speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Former gymnast and victim Amanda Smith speaks while accompanied by her husband. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Former gymnast and victim Amanda Smith speaks while accompanied by her husband. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Former gymnast and victim Amanda Smith speaks while accompanied by her husband. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Kaylee McDowell speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Kaylee McDowell speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Kaylee McDowell speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Bayle Pickle speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Bayle Pickle speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Bayle Pickle speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Catherine Gordon speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Catherine Gordon speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Catherine Gordon speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Amy Labadie is comforted after speaking. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Amy Labadie is comforted after speaking. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Amy Labadie is comforted after speaking. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Hannah Morrow speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Hannah Morrow speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Hannah Morrow speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Lindsay Woolever speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Lindsay Woolever speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Lindsay Woolever speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Nicole Walker, a former gymnast, speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Nicole Walker, a former gymnast, speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Nicole Walker, a former gymnast, speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Ashley Yost speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Ashley Yost speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Ashley Yost speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victims and former gymnasts Maddie (L) and Kara Johnson hold hands as they speak. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victims and former gymnasts Maddie (L) and Kara Johnson hold hands as they speak. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victims and former gymnasts Maddie (L) and Kara Johnson hold hands as they speak. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim and gymnast Chelsea Zerfas speaks as he mother looks on (R). REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim and gymnast Chelsea Zerfas speaks as he mother looks on (R). REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim and gymnast Chelsea Zerfas speaks as he mother looks on (R). REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim and former gymnast Samantha Ursch speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim and former gymnast Samantha Ursch speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim and former gymnast Samantha Ursch speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Jennifer Bedford speaks to Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Jennifer Bedford speaks to Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Jennifer Bedford speaks to Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim and gymnast Lindsey Lemke speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim and gymnast Lindsey Lemke speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim and gymnast Lindsey Lemke speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Helena Weick, a former gymnast, speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Helena Weick, a former gymnast, speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Helena Weick, a former gymnast, speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Michigan State University (MSU) President Lou Anna Simon attends the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Michigan State University (MSU) President Lou Anna Simon attends the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Michigan State University (MSU) President Lou Anna Simon attends the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim and gymnast Lindsey Lemke speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim and gymnast Lindsey Lemke speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim and gymnast Lindsey Lemke speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim and former gymnast Nicole Reeb speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim and former gymnast Nicole Reeb speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim and former gymnast Nicole Reeb speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Amanda Cormier speaks to Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Amanda Cormier speaks to Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Amanda Cormier speaks to Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Jennifer Hayes wipes tears while speaking during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Jennifer Hayes wipes tears while speaking during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Jennifer Hayes wipes tears while speaking during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Stephanie Robinson, a former gymnast, speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Stephanie Robinson, a former gymnast, speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Stephanie Robinson, a former gymnast, speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Olivia Cowan wipes her tears as she delivers a victim impact testimony during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Olivia Cowan wipes her tears as she delivers a victim impact testimony during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Olivia Cowan wipes her tears as she delivers a victim impact testimony during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Carrie Hogan speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Carrie Hogan speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Carrie Hogan speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Kayla Spycher speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Kayla Spycher speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Kayla Spycher speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Kayla Spycher is comforted by her mother after speaking during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Kayla Spycher is comforted by her mother after speaking during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Kayla Spycher is comforted by her mother after speaking during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Jaime Doski speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Jaime Doski speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Jaime Doski speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Annette Hill (L) reacts as she delivers a victim impact testimony during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid?

Annette Hill (L) reacts as she delivers a victim impact testimony during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid?

Annette Hill (L) reacts as she delivers a victim impact testimony during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid?
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Victim Ashley Erickson is comforted by her family after addressing Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Ashley Erickson is comforted by her family after addressing Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Ashley Erickson is comforted by her family after addressing Larry Nassar. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Jillian Swinehart speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Jillian Swinehart speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Jillian Swinehart speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Brianne Randall speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Brianne Randall speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Brianne Randall speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Selena Brennan speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Selena Brennan speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Selena Brennan speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Anna Dayton speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Anna Dayton speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Anna Dayton speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Mattie Larson speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Mattie Larson speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Mattie Larson speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Isabel Hutchins holds an item while speaking. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Isabel Hutchins holds an item while speaking. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Isabel Hutchins holds an item while speaking. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Alison Chaubette speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Alison Chaubette speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Alison Chaubette speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Natalie Woodland speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Natalie Woodland speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Natalie Woodland speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Victim Whitney Burns speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Whitney Burns speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Victim Whitney Burns speaks. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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