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Nassar sentenced to 60 years in federal child pornography cases

December 7, 2017
<p>Larry Nassar speaks with his attorney Matt Newburg during the plea hearing on Nov. 22, 2017, at the Veterans Memorial Court at 313 W Kalamazoo St., Lansing. Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts.</p>

Larry Nassar speaks with his attorney Matt Newburg during the plea hearing on Nov. 22, 2017, at the Veterans Memorial Court at 313 W Kalamazoo St., Lansing. Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts.

Photo by Matt Schmucker | The State News

Ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal child pornography case on Thursday. He received the maximum sentence. 

Nassar was sentenced for three counts: receipt and attempt of receipt of child pornography, possession of child porn and concealment of records and tangible objects, each carried a maximum sentence of 20 years. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

During the sentencing of Nassar, Judge Janet T. Neff said she viewed the images found on his computer and it was unlike anything she’s seen in her 10 years on the job.

“The vast number of child pornography imagines and videos that I had reviewed are unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a case like this,” Neff said. “I have a hard time considering Mr. Nassar as a physician because he has so throughly violated the role of physician as healer.”

Neff read 24 letters from victims of both sexual assault and child porn, U.S. Prosectuting Attoreny Sean M. Lewis.

“Those images are revolting and nauseating,” Lewis said. “Anyone that views them should be filled with anger and pain, not sexual pleasure.”

Nassar gave a statement to the court during the sentencing.

“I’ve been battling with this for a considerable amount of time,” Nassar said. “It’s a skeleton in my closet. … Over the years I did try to manage it. … I’ve lost everything because of this. … The lose of the love and respect I once had is gone. I tried to be a good person.”



Updated 12:57 p.m.

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