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Former US Olympics Gymnastics Doctor Sentenced in Sex Abuse Trial

Former doctor for the U.S. Olympics gymnastics team Larry Nassar has been sentenced to an effective life sentence in prison.

In December, the former doctor was sentenced to 60 years in prison on charges of child pornography and in January he was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for seven counts of criminal sexual conduct; more than 150 accounts of sexual assault were shared during those January trials, according to CNN.

On Feb. 5, Nassar was sentenced to an additional 40 to 175 years in prison, according to ABC News, and the number of sexual assault victims to come forward reached more than 250. The former doctor began treating gymnasts for USA Olympics in 1986 and gymnasts for Michigan State University (MSU) in 1997, according to The Lansing State Journal. He treated Olympic gymnasts until summer 2015, when an internal investigation found Nassar guilty of sexual assault, according to CNN. Nassar continued to see patients at MSU until September 2016 when the Indianapolis Star published an article with allegations against
Nassar, reported CNN.

It has been revealed that at least one victim of sexual assault at the hands of Nassar, McKayla Maroney, reached a $1.25 million confidential settlement with USA Gymnastics around 2016 in exchange for keeping silent about her experience; she has since broken her confidentiality, according to USA Today.
In response to this, Sen. Diane Feinstein, Democrat of California, sponsored legislation that would create a body independent of the U.S. Olympic Committee to handle cases of abuse and ensure that such cases are properly and swiftly reported to law enforcement agencies, KTLA 5 reported. President Trump signed the legislation Feb. 14.

Sexual misconduct has also affected the sports community at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). In Feb. 2016, former swimming coach Andre Barbin was arrested on one count of child pornography and one count of displaying obscene matter to a minor, according to Southern Maryland Online.
An investigation on Barbin began after police in Knox County, Ill. discovered Barbin had been engaging in indecent communication with a minor, Southern Maryland Online reported. Barbin began coaching the men’s and women’s teams at SMCM in 1998.

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