What You Need To Know About Larry Nassar


Larry Nassar sentenced to life in prison. Credits to si.com.

Bella Rainey, Reporter & Web Designer

Larry Nassar, previous physician for Olympic gymnasts, has been sentenced to  life behind bars. Nassar was sentenced 40 to 175 years in prison after being found guilty after over 150 women and girls said he had sexually harassed, tormented and assaulted them over the last 20 years of his career.


“What he was sentenced is the consequence. He should receive more [after] manipulating young female athletes to his advantage. I believe that the the sentence is justified, considering 150 women accused him of sexual assault and harassment,” senior Kylie Morrow said.


During the trial, Nassar attempted to defend himself and keep from being sent to prison, and said:


“I was a good doctor because my treatments worked, and those patients that are now speaking out are the same ones that praised and came back over and over,” Nassar wrote. “The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong and bad. They feel I broke their trust. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” as reported by, CNN.com.


Judge, Rosemarie Aquilina explained her disgust at Nassar’s statement, and then sentenced him to 150 years in prison.


“‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ means a woman who has been rejected by a man can be extremely angry and bitter. I think it is a cover up and an argument that won’t win on Nassar’s half. He took advantage of young athletes who looked up to him because he knew he could get away with it. Again, it’s hard to believe that 150 women would like and accuse one particular man of assault because they were ‘mad they got rejected’,” senior Kylie Morrow said.


Nassar also accused the 150 women of lying in a letter to the court in regards to his medical care being manipulated, according to CNN.


“I am not surprised he is accused them of lying. He didn’t want to lose an amazing job in the Olympics, so to keep his name ‘cleared’ he accused them of lying,” senior Bailey Shumaker said.


Eventually, Nassar did offer an apology. Although, the 156 victims who spoke at his court hearing, sharing their testimonies of the ways he hurt them, said they could never accept an apology, according to CNN Sports.


“I believe that his sentence is just because a physician is supposed to be someone you trust, taking an oath to be honest and treat patients to the best of their ability is a part of becoming a physician. Not honoring that deserves a significant consequence,” junior Ethan Wandfluh said.


Larry Nassar was charged with three charges of criminal sexual misconduct, and has pleaded guilty to all three. To find out more about Nassar, visit https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/24/us/larry-nassar-sentencing/index.html.