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Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been transferred to a high-security federal prison in Tucson, the federal inmate locator showed Saturday, where he will likely spend the rest of his life alongside other sex offenders.

Editor's Note: This article contains graphic content about child pornography and child sexual abuse.

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been transferred to a high-security federal penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona, where he will likely spend the rest of his life alongside other sex offenders. According to the Michigan Attorney General's Office, more than 300 individuals have been identified as victims of the doctor who preyed upon patients and other young girls.

Nassar, 54, was sentenced to 60 years on federal charges related to child pornography in December, a sentence he must serve before he theoretically begins serving his Michigan state sentences on sexual assault. Now federal inmate No. 21504-040, his earliest release date is March 23, 2069, when his age would be 106. He was also ordered to pay more than $57,000 in restitution to five victims abused in the files he downloaded.

On Monday, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 125 years in Michigan prison by Eaton County Judge Janice K. Cunningham on three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. On January 24, he was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on seven counts of criminal sexual conduct by Ingham County Judge Rosemarie E. Aquilina. More than 200 survivors delivered victim impact statements at his sentencing hearings, sharing shocking accounts of grotesque sexual abuse by the once-trusted doctor. Nassar pleaded guilty to the 10 counts in November, after more than a year of denying he ever assaulted anyone, claiming he was performing valid osteopathic techniques when penetrating young girls and women. He also molested a family friend, beginning when she was just 6 years old.

Nassar's federal and state sentences are to be served consecutively and not concurrently, which means a total sentence of 140 to 360 years in prison. He received the maximum sentence in each of the three cases.

Nassar must first serve his federal sentence for receipt of and possession of child pornography and for obstruction of justice. According to the federal sentencing memo, Nassar "amassed an enormous collection of abominable images" involving the graphic abuse and rape of children "as young as infants." A forensic examination of the drives showed that between 2003 and 2016, he downloaded more than 37,000 photos and videos. After the first accusations against him were made public in September 2016, he attempted to destroy evidence, throwing away hard drives at home and hiring a professional to erase his work-issued laptop. The hard drives were recovered in the trash on the street by the Michigan State University Police, who happened to find them because the trash service was late that day. He was indicted in December 2016 and pleaded guilty to all three charges in July; he received 20 years in prison on each count.

As part of the plea agreement, the federal government did not charge him with his sexual assaults on four national team gymnasts in violation of 18 United States Code § 2423 (b) Travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and (c) engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. This decision not to charge him was made with the agreement of the four victims in question, according to the sentencing memorandum.

Nassar was also not charged with the creation of child pornography despite police reports that stated video footage was discovered of him assaulting a young girl in the pool at his home in Holt, Michigan. However, Nassar explicitly agreed that "in determining the sentence, the Court may consider uncharged conduct in determining" his sentence, as well as his pattern of behavior concerning the assaults he pleaded guilty to in state court.

Until Friday, Nassar was still at a low-security federal prison in Milan, Michigan, south of Ann Arbor, prior to being transferred to Tucson United States Penitentiary (USP) in Pima County, Arizona. Tucson USP is relatively new, being completed in 2005. According to a 2017 Federal Bureau of Prisons report, the compound is situated on 670 acres and includes the all-male maximum-security penitentiary that now houses Nassar, the Federal Correctional Institution for men and women, and an adjacent minimum-security federal prison camp. Tucson USP houses nearly 1,400 inmates, the mass majority of which are sex offenders. Notable inmates at Tucson USP include Bryan David Mitchell, who is serving a life sentence for the 2002 abduction and sexual assault of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart.

The Tucson USP is the only federal prison able to house Nassar, who is required to be in a Sex Offender Management Program (SOMP), available at only a few federal facilities. All federal inmates sentenced to more than 30 years must be placed in a high-security facility; Tucson is the only high-security facility with a SOMP.

Nassar offered weak apologies at all three of his sentencing hearings. Despite Nassar's guilty pleas and apologies, Judge Aquilina read portions of a six-page letter he had written after the sentencing hearing began in her courtroom on January 16, in which Nassar claimed he was innocent and that his victims were all ungrateful patients who had been brainwashed by the media into believing he had abused them.

Nassar, along with USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, and Geddert's Twistars Gymnastics, is being sued by more than 140 individuals in a federal civil lawsuit, Denhollander et al v MSU et al. The U.S. Olympic Committee is also being sued by several individuals related to Nassar's sexual abuse that occurred at the Karolyi ranch and at various Olympic Games. Nassar lost the case by default as he has filed no motions in the case.

The parade of women and their loved ones who spoke at the sentencing stunned and angered the world with their stories of not only sexual abuse but also injustice and indifference from the institutions that have been accused of protecting and enabling Nassar for decades.

At the Ingham County hearing, survivors Emma Ann Miller, 15, and Kaylee Lorincz, 17, called on Nassar to name names and reveal anyone who enabled his decades of sexual assaults.

"Instead of getting up at your sentencing, giving some hollow, insincere apology, you could outline all the times — for me, for us — that MSU, Twistars and USAG should have stopped you," Miller told Nassar on January 22. "Do the right thing for us. Be honest, try and help us. Tell us who knew what and when. Tell us how and when there were opportunities to stop you. Tell us about the tell-tale signs that others at MSU, Twistars and USAG should have seen but didn't. In one of your last public acts, actually help someone."

Lorincz, the second-to-last survivor to speak at the Ingham County hearing, referenced Nassar's statement from his November 22 plea deal that he wanted the community to heal when she also implored him to tell the truth.

"I only hope when you get a chance to speak, you tell us who knew what and when they knew it," Lorincz said. "If you truly want us to heal, you will do this for us."

Instead, Nassar merely read a short statement of apology. It is likely that attorneys will attempt to depose him in prison for the federal lawsuit.

Nassar is appealing his federal sentence through the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is now represented by a court-appointed attorney as he filed his appeal in forma pauperis, meaning he is now indigent.

Many of the survivors of Nassar's abuse have stated that his sentencing has not ended the case, and that they are just getting started with the fight for justice in one of the worst sex abuse cases in history. In addition to multiple resignations at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University over Nassar, pressure has continued to mount for U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun to resign. Multiple criminal and institutional investigations have begun in the matter, including two Congressional investigations.

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