Plea in child porn case signed by gymnastics doctor


Plea in child porn case signed by gymnastics doctor

A doctor who worked for decades for the USA women's gymnastics team is expected to plead guilty to possession of child sex abuse images weeks after the sport's administrators were criticised for failing to protect athletes from sexual assaults.

One former US national team gymnast told ESPN she thinks FBI agents and federal prosecutors only met with her and other alleged victims of Nassar to "smooth things over", and to keep the women from getting upset about the upcoming plea agreement. This followed shortly after he was released on a $1 million bond following charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person younger than 13, reported USA Today.

Nassar stopped working with USA Gymnastics in 2015, and he was sacked by MSU in September 2016.

While Nassar will still face three trials in state court involving scores of criminal sexual conduct charges, Manly said the federal authorities told the young women they wouldn't prosecute Nassar on charges that he penetrated them without gloves, lubricant or consent under the guise of medical treatment.

"They've told our clients that they are not prosecuting their cases", said John Manly, an attorney based in Irvine, California.

Documents obtained by the paper said that a guilty plea has been signed by Nassar.

It is especially reprehensible, Manly said, after the young women allegedly endured molestation in their rooms while competing during top gymnastics competitions. According to the Wall Street Journal, it took almost a year for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to begin formally investigating Nassar and questioning gymnasts about the alleged abuse.

Manly and of Nassar's alleged victims are frustrated by federal prosecutors include a non-prosecution agreement as part of the deal in which they agree "not to further prosecute" Nassar "for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of children". He also worked as a treating clinician at his alma mater, Michigan State, where he continued to see patients until he was sacked by the school September 20.

On Sept. 20, when police searched Nassar's home in Holt, Michigan, they found four hard drives in a trash can outside his house, two of which contained the label "Larry Nassar Gymnastics", according to testimony from Nassar's December arraignment.

Manly's clients include Olympic Bronze Medalist Jamie Dantzscher, former National Team members Jeanette Antolin and Mattie Larson and former US National Champion Rhythmic Gymnast Jessica Howard. Attorney Stephen Drew says most were gymnasts from across MI. However, Nassar's victims are disappointed that the former doctor is not facing a harsher federal sentence, particularly considering how extensively many of them cooperated with the FBI's investigation.