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US: Former sports physician sentenced to 175 years of prison for abusing his patients

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Larry Nassar, a former sports physician accused of abusing many young American gymnasts, was sentenced on Wednesday to 175 years in prison.

From treating America’s most renowned gymnasts, Nassar will now spend the rest of his life in prison. The iconic doctor had been accused of sexual abuse by more than 150 female gymnasts under his care. He was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts last November.

« I’ve just signed your death warrant, » said Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, delivering her verdict at a court hearing in Lansing City, Michigan State (northern United States). For his part, the former doctor apologized, in a brief statement, for « the pain, trauma and emotional destruction » suffered by his victims.

This conviction comes at the end of an irregular and highly publicized trial during which Larry Nassar had to listen to the strong testimonies of nearly 90 women for seven days, famous gymnasts or anonymous victims. « In total, the court has received nearly 160 testimonies of victims » recalled the AFP, « some (…) told the audience their ordeal and difficulty to rebuild after being » manipulated « .

In response to this verdict, the US Olympic Committee (Usoc) announced that it would launch an independent investigation into the former doctor’s sexual abuse, noting that this will be a third party investigation to determine « how abuses of this magnitude have not been detected long ago ».

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