Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, mother request maximum sentence for Larry Nassar

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

A MI sports doctor who admits he molested gymnasts and kept a staggering collection of child pornography is getting the first of three prison sentences that will likely keep him locked up for decades.

"It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first national team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport".

"If Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee had paid attention to any of the red flags in Larry Nassar's behaviour, I never would have met him, I never would have been "treated" by him and I never would have been abused by him", McKayla Maroney wrote.

'At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead'.

McKayla, who said she was molested by Nassar from her early teens, planned to be present in a federal courtroom last Thursday to deliver her victim-impact statement in open court.

"This experience has shattered McKayla", Erin Maroney wrote in a letter, obtained by ESPN.com, to the federal court.

Over 140 women have accused Nassar of assault, including Maroney's Olympic teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas.

Erin wrote that she and her husband were not allowed to stay with McKayla when she was travelling overseas, sometimes not even in the same hotel.

'We were never allowed to the US Olympic Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch nor any other training facility, ' Erin Maroney wrote.

She continued: "My husband once questioned the isolations of the girls during worldwide travel". He was assured by Steve Penny that the girls were safe at all times.

"He abused my trust, abused my body and left scars on my psyche that may never heal", McKayla wrote.

This federal case is separate from the criminal cases in Ingham and Eaton Counties, where the former MSU team physician who also worked with athletes at Twistars USA Gymnastics Club in Dimondale and at USA Gymnastics has entered guilty pleas in ten cases in recent weeks.

'"More safe than the President of the US", he said to him.

"We now know that was a lie", she wrote.

One incredibly disturbing incident allegedly occurred when Maroney competed in the 2011 world championships in Tokyo. She said to me, "Mom I thought I was going to die".

"I can not tell you the anguish her Dad and I feel and the responsibility we feel for not being aware of this or being able to stop it", Erin continued.

Nassar, who worked with USA Gymnastics for almost three decades as a trainer and medical coordinator, could receive a minimum sentence of 27 years, but prosecutors want a 60-year prison term. "Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison".