Published: Tue, February 21, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Jacksonville native, 2 other elite United States gymnasts accuse doctor of sexual abuse

A woman accusing Larry Nassar of sexually abusing her took the stand to tell her story Friday and a judge said it's enough to send the doctor to trial. We believe one instance of child abuse - whether at a school, church or gym - is one too many, and we are saddened when any child has been harmed during his or her athletic career. Nassar's attorney defends the treatment as legitimate.

More females who say they're victims have been added to lawsuits each week.

She said the incident wasn't reported to police, but she did discuss it with a counselor at Michigan State University in 2004. He says Fitzgerald and two law firms are assessing Nassar's work at the university, including his role with MSU athletics.

"USA Gymnastics has engaged Deborah J. Daniels, a former federal prosecutor, to conduct a comprehensive independent review of USA Gymnastics' bylaws, policies, procedures and practices related to these issues".

The organisation claims it severed ties with Nassar in 2015 when first learning of the testimonies against him.

"Bela grabbed my butt and told me to lose it", Antolin said in an interview with the Southern California News Group.

"Regarding Dr. Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics is appalled that anyone would exploit a young athlete or child in the manner alleged", Parilla along with CEO Steve Penny said in a statement.

At the time, Olympic medalist Rachael Denhollander said she, too, was seeing Nassar for back pain when, over the course of five sessions in 2000, he groped her breasts and her genitals and digitally penetrated her vagina and anus. "I admire the courage of the young women who had to relive her terrifying experience and I am grateful that Judge Allen bound over Dr. Nassar on these extremely serious charges". He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A 25-year-old woman testified that Larry Nassar molested her from the age of six until 12 during family visits to his MI home.

Larry Nassar, 53, the longtime team physician for USA gymnastics, was arrested in November on charges of sexually assaulting a child in MI and indicted a month later on federal charges of possession of child pornography.

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The hearing lasted for almost three hours as the witness described how Larry Nassar sexually assaulted her in his own home for almost seven years starting when she was just six years old.

Dr. Larry Nassar listens to testimony of a witness during a preliminary hearing in Lansing, Mich., on February 17, 2017.

Howard, who saw Nassar at the ranch for hip problems, said on "60 Minutes" that she interpreted her time with the doctor as a sign of her potential as an athlete. "That's not true", she said.

Nassar has denied any wrongdoing.

Sexual assault allegations against Nassar were first made public by the Indianapolis Star in a report in September that detailed allegations against Nassar by two former gymnasts.

A judge must decide whether there's enough evidence to send a MI sports doctor to trial on sexual assault charges.

For many victims though, justice won't truly be served until Klages faces the legal repercussions of her alleged involvement with Nassar's crimes. He's accused of assaulting a girl from the age of 6 until the girl was 12 at his home in Holt, Michigan.

That sparked an FBI investigation that has led to charges against him in two cases not involving athletes.

"They're actually acting like they're responsible for him being caught", Manly said. In December he was indicted on federal charges of child pornography possession.

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