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Read Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney's impact statement against Nassar

Read Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney's impact statement against Nassar

Olympian McKayla Maroney calls Nassar a "monster" and is urging a judge to set the maximum sentence.

A judge has sentenced a MI sports doctor to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes, one of three criminal cases against a man who also admits assaulting female gymnasts.

Maroney will be in attendance at Larry Nassar's sentencing on Thursday in MI. Maroney wrote in her letter to the court. "Because the national team training camps did not allow parents to be present, my mom and dad were unable to observe what Nassar was doing".

Maroney and her mother have released impact statements. It provides a heartbreaking glimpse into the emotional distress the Maroney family has dealt with because of Nassar's alleged abuse.

One particularly disturbing incident, described in each of their letters, occurred during the 2011 world championships in Tokyo when McKayla Maroney was 15.

"She was transformed from a bubbly, positive, loving, world-class athlete into a young adult who was deeply depressed, at times suicidal", Erin Maroney wrote. "At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead".

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. According to Maroney, now 21 years old, Nassar gave her a sleeping pill for the flight and she woke up in his hotel room getting "treatment".

"It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver medal", Maroney wrote.

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"At this point, he truly has nothing to lose", she said.

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

The sentence, handed down by a judge in Grand Rapids, Mich., ensures that Nassar, 54, likely will spend the rest of his life in prison. While federal prosecutors have requested a 60-year prison sentence for the disgraced former doctor, he could face a minimum sentence of 27 years or up to a lifetime in prison.

Maroney wants more than that for the guy who seemingly ruined her life.

WKAR's Scott Pohl previews today's scheduled sentencing of Larry Nassar in federal court in Grand Rapids.

Under federal law, Neff was able to consider the scope of Nassar's crimes, including his sexual assault of young girls by digital penetration during medical visits, to which he also admitted guilt last month.

"He abused my trust, he abused my body and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away ..."

McKayla, a member of the 2012 "Fierce Five" Olympic squad that competed in London, said on Twitter in October that she was repeatedly molested by Nassar starting when she was 13. Later reports by the State Journal identified similar shortcomings at MSU: Between 1997 and 2015, at least seven women or girls say they raised concerns about Nassar's actions to coaches, trainers, police or university officials. "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 behavior, I would have never met him, I never would have been "treated" by him and I never would have been abused by him", Maroney wrote in her letter.


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