Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics national team doctor who has been at the center of a nationwide sex-abuse scandal, has pleaded guilty to the federal child pornography charges filed against him in December 2016, as reported by ESPN.
The three federal charges relate to him receiving and possessing child pornography as well as attempting to destroy the evidence from his computer once realizing he was under federal investigation.
A federal judge worked up a plea agreement, stating that if Nassar would plead guilty to the three charges of child pornography (receipt, possession, and destruction), federal authorities would not prosecute him on a multitude of allegations of child sex abuse.
Attorney John Manly, who represents more than 90 of Nassar's accusers, said he doesn't believe justice has been served. His clients gave direct evidence to the FBI of their trauma and Nassar won't receive penalty based on those allegations.
Dr. Nassar molested young women at the Olympics. He molested young women at national competitions. And our country is not going to charge him? The message that sends these women is: 'You don't matter.'Nassar signed the plea agreement on June 23 and officially pleaded guilty to the pornography charges Tuesday. The plea agreement notes that Nassar would receive a sentence between five and 60 years. It is likely he will serve a sentence in the range of 22-27 years.
Nassar faces 5-60 years in prison. But today he agreed to not oppose an advisory sentencing range of 22-27 years. He'll be 54 next month.— Kim Kozlowski (@kimberkoz) July 11, 2017
This agreement means Nassar's scheduled August federal trial will be canceled. While he can no longer be charged for federal child sex abuse, Nassar will still undergo three state court trials for various sexual abuse charges.
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