Ex-Olympic doctor Larry Nassar admits 'evil' abuse of child gymnasts

Gabby Douglas US Olympic star alleges abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar

As expected, former US gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty Wednesday to seven counts of first-degree criminal conduct, as reported by CNN, having used the power of his position to sexually abuse underage girls.

Nassar pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and faces at least 25 years in prison at a sentencing hearing in January. The victims will have an opportunity to speak.

"I pray the rosary every day for forgiveness for their - I want them to heal", Nassar said in court. "I have no animosity toward anyone".

"You used your position of trust.in the most vile way to abuse children", Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar after his plea. I just want healing.

In a statement, Dr. Nassar's lawyers Matthew Newburg and Shannon Smith said: "The agreement which was placed on the record today was reached after extensive negotiations with the prosecution and with significant input from Larry Nassar".

"This agreement resolves all the charged and uncharged conduct for more than 125 cases now under investigation by the Michigan Attorney General's office". Nassar admitted to this during the plea hearing.

This month, Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman (shown left) and most recently Gabby Douglas (middle) publicly claimed to be sexual-abuse victims of Nassar's, as did former gymnast McKayla Maroney (right) last month, although it's unclear whether they officially reported those incidents to the police.

He worked with USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University for almost three decades before he was sacked.

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In an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes that aired November 12, Raisman alleged she was one of the gymnasts who was sexually abused by Nassar.

"As President Simon has said, we recognize the pain sexual violence causes and deeply regret any time someone in our community experiences it", Cody said. "Why not look at, what about the culture?"

In a statement after the plea deal was announced, USA Gymnastics - the organisation which determines the US Olympic team - said it is "very sorry that any athlete was harmed" by their former doctor.

After Ms. Raisman's announcement, and her subsequent commentary, Ms. Douglas, who had competed alongside her in both Olympics, posted a tweet that quoted a message from Ms. Raisman about the abuse. "Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd". In apologies on Instagram and Twitter, she came forward to say she, too, was one of his victims and that, "I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened".

A publicist for Douglas later confirmed that the gymnast's post was confirmation that she was a victim of Nassar.

Nassar's case was part of a scandal which saw USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny resign a year ago. Nassar is expected to also plead guilty on November 29 in neighboring Eaton County - the location of an elite gymnastics club - resolving state prosecutors' charges against him.

An earlier version of this article misspelled the last name of the MI assistant attorney general who prosecuted Dr. Lawrence G. Nasser.

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