Published: Thu, February 23, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

22 sex abuse charges against ex-US gymnastics doctor


He is accused of assaulting a girl from the age of 6 until the girl was 12 at his home in Holt, Mich.

Five of the charges are related to the two victims who were under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged assault and the remaining 17 are a result of Nassar's alleged sexual penetration of the remaining seven victims between the ages of 13-16 and the taking advantage of his position of authority to commit the alleged sexual assaults. He also faces charges of possession of child pornography and civil lawsuits from more than 30 complainants. All three accused Nassar, a volunteer team doctor for USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades before his tenure ended in July 2015, of touching them inappropriately while he disguised the abuse as treatment.

Each of these counts are life offenses, Schuette said.

Nassar was the team doctor for USA Gymnastics from 1996 to 2015 and served as team physician for several sports at MSU from the 1990s to 2015.

John Manly - a California attorney representing more than 40 women in a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics for failing to protect his clients - says Nassar may have abused hundreds of girls over more than two decades, many at the ranch training headquarters of famed United States coaches Bela and Marta Karolyi. Schuette called that claim "outrageous".

Nassar's attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the newly-filed charges.

Schuette says the victims were girls or teens who were molested at Nassar's home, his Michigan State clinic or a gymnastics club in Eaton County.

During the course of the next month, further complaints were filed with MSUPD regarding abuse at the hands of Nassar and in October MSUPD Chief James Dunlap recommended charges against Nassar with the Michigan Attorney General's office.

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A former sports doctor at Michigan State University who specialized in treating gymnasts has been charged with sexual assault. But the number of complaints has grown since then, according to crime logs at Michigan State University, where Nassar had his practice.

He was sacked by Michigan State last September for failing to follow restrictions that were put in place after a 2014 complaint about his treatments.

Dozens of women are now suing USA Gymnastics over Nassar's alleged actions. Dr. Nassar preyed on these young girls, just little girls. He has denied any abuse, and, in an email last fall to his Michigan State bosses, said, "I will overcome this".

Det. Sgt. Andrea Munford says some victims were too young to know it was wrong. They didn't think it was abuse - they thought it was treatment. Those cases are pending.

Over the weekend, three former U.S. national team gymnasts detailed Nassar's alleged sexual abuse in a report on CBS television's news program "60 Minutes".

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