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The first day of the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar for sexual assault begins Tuesday at 9 a.m. EST in Ingham County, Michigan, where dozens of his victims will be allowed to face the former USA Gymnastics doctor who is at the center of the largest known sex abuse scandal in sports history.

The first day of the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar for sexual assault begins Tuesday at 9 a.m. EST in Ingham County, Michigan, where dozens of his victims will be allowed to face the former USA Gymnastics doctor who is at the center of the largest known sex abuse scandal in sports history.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who was elected to the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County in November 2008, is overseeing the sentencing. Judge Aquilina has allowed an extraordinary four-day hearing to allow any of Nassar's victims who filed complaints with Michigan State University to provide victim impact statements to the court. The women and girls will be given a chance to face Nassar personally or to send a letter to inform the judge of the devastation and suffering his assaults have caused them. It is unknown how many plan to attend the hearing in person, but there is no time limit imposed on any of the victims who wish to address the court.

Ingham County is the home of Michigan State University, where for nearly 20 years Nassar worked as an associate professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and as a team doctor for the athletics department, specifically the gymnastics team. He was also the team doctor for Geddert's Twistars USA Gymnastics Club, which has locations in Lansing, Ingham County, and in Dimondale, Eaton County. One of the victims was a family friend, who reported that her assaults began at age 6 years old.

Nassar, 54, was charged with 26 counts of aggravated sexual misconduct, but he pleaded guilty last November to 10 counts as part of a plea deal with Michigan Attorney-General Bill Schuette. Seven of the counts are related to assaults in Ingham County and three are from Eaton County, where he faces a second sentencing later this month. The Michigan Attorney-General's Office recommended a sentence of 40 to 125 years in prison for Nassar.

Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis is the lead prosecutor in the case against Nassar. She runs a cold-case sexual assault project in Michigan and prosecutes cases of multi-victim and multijurisdictional sexual assault, such as the case against Nassar.

More than 130 women have gone public since September 2016 to report that Nassar, under the guise of osteopathic procedures, sexually assaulted them. The victims range from young girls, collegiate athletes, dancers, club gymnasts and five U.S. Olympians: Jamie Dantzscher, whose civil lawsuit in September 2016 helped finally bring down Nassar — and McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles. Biles, the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history, went public on Monday to confirm she had also been among Nassar's victims, who could number in the thousands.

Even though national team member Maggie Nichols and her coach, Sarah Jantzi, informed USA Gymnastics of Nassar's assaults in June 2015, it was not until September 2016, when 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher and former Kalamazoo club gymnast Rachael Denhollander came forward with the first public accusations, that Nassar was removed from practice and arrested. Nassar was fired from MSU in September 2016 and stripped of his medical license in April 2017. Denhollander is leading the federal civil suit against Michigan State University that has more than 130 co-plaintiffs suing the university, Nassar, USA Gymnastics and/or Twistars. MSU, USA Gymnastics and Twistars all have filed motions to dismiss, claiming they were not liable for Nassar's behavior.

Nassar has been in Ingham County Jail since December 2016, where he was denied bail after being indicted on federal charges related to child pornography. On December 7, 2017, a federal judge sentenced Nassar to the maximum of 60 years in prison on three counts (20 years each), to be served consecutively. Nassar, whose wife filed for divorce in January 2017, has appealed the sentence in forma pauperis, claiming to be destitute.

The proceedings will be streamed online by multiple outlets. The Law & Crime Network plans to stream the hearing online via Livestream.com.

People of the State of Michigan v. Lawrence Gerard Nassar: Ingham County

ChargesStatuteStatus
1Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (person under 13, defendant 17 years of age or older)750.520B2B Pleaded guilty November 22, 2017
2Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (person under 13, defendant 17 years of age or older)751.520B2B Pleaded guilty November 22, 2017
3Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (person under 13, defendant 17 years of age or older)752.520B2B Awaiting nolle prosequi (court will not prosecute)
4Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (person under 13, defendant 17 years of age or older)750.520B2B Awaiting nolle prosequi
5Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (relationship)750.520B1BPleaded guilty November 22, 2017
6Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (relationship)750.520B1BAwaiting nolle prosequi
7Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (relationship)750.520B1BAwaiting nolle prosequi
8Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (relationship)750.520B1BPleaded guilty November 22, 2017
9Criminal sexual conduct – third degree (person aged 13–15)750.520D1A Awaiting nolle prosequi
10Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (relationship)750.520B1BPleaded guilty November 22, 2017
11Criminal sexual conduct – third degree (person aged 13–15)750.520D1A Awaiting nolle prosequi
12Dismissed at or preliminary before hearingDismissed
13Dismissed at or preliminary before hearingDismissed
14Dismissed at or preliminary before hearingDismissed
15Dismissed at or preliminary before hearingDismissed
16Dismissed at or preliminary before hearingDismissed
17Dismissed at or preliminary before hearingDismissed
18Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (relationship)750.520B1BPleaded guilty November 22, 2017
19Criminal sexual conduct – third degree (person aged 13–15)750.520D1A Awaiting nolle prosequi
20Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (relationship)750.520B1BAwaiting nolle prosequi
21Criminal sexual conduct – third degree (person aged 13–15)750.520D1A Awaiting nolle prosequi
22Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (relationship)750.520B1BAwaiting nolle prosequi
23Criminal sexual conduct – third degree (person aged 13–15)750.520D1A Awaiting nolle prosequi
24Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (person under 13)750.520B1A Pleaded guilty November 22, 2017
25Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (person under 13)750.520B1A Awaiting nolle prosequi
26Criminal sexual conduct – first degree (person under 13)750.520B1A Awaiting nolle prosequi
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