“I Just Signed Your Death Warrant”… Judge Sentences Dr. Nassar to 175 Years in Prison for Sex Assault
Can you imagine being one of these 150 young girls on the USA Gymnastics team, who were sexually assaulted by this sick doctor, Larry Nassar? And what does this say about Michigan State University that they would put winning FIRST over the safety of these young girls? How sad!
Since his sentencing hearing opened Jan. 16, some 150 women who were victims of former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar delivered heartbreaking testimony in court, describing in detail the sexual horror the serial molester inflicted upon them.
According to Fox News, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina just dropped the hammer on 54-year-old Nassar, sentencing him to 40 to 175 years in prison for numerous counts of sexual assault.
That is in addition to a 60-year sentence in federal prison Nassar had already received after being convicted of possession of child pornography, as well as a sentence yet to be received from assault convictions in another jurisdiction.
“I just signed your death warrant,” the judge stated after she declared his sentence. “You don’t deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again.”
According to Mediaite, Aquilina took special exception during the hearing to a letter Nassar had sent to her which asked if he could be excused from the courtroom while his victims delivered their gut-wrenching testimony about what he had done to them.
In dramatic fashion the judge tore the letter in two and ripped into Nassar with biting commentary.
“This letter, which comes two months after your plea, tells me that you have not yet owned what you did, that you still think that somehow you are right, that you are a doctor, that you’re entitled, that you don’t have to listen, and that you did treatment,” Aquilina stated. “I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir.”
USA Today reported that the judge said, “You may find it harsh that you are here listening, but nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands, collectively.
“You spent thousands of hours perpetrating criminal sexual conduct on minors,” she added. “Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense and ruining their lives. None of this should come as a surprise to you.”
Judge Aquilina also broached the topic of “cruel and unusual punishment,” which is prohibited by the Constitution, and stated, “Our Constitution does not allow for cruel and unusual punishment. If it did, I have to say, I might allow what (Nassar) did to all of these beautiful souls, these young women in their childhood. I would allow some or many people to do to him what he did to others.”
As for the lengthy sentence she delivered to Nassar, Mediaite reported that Aquilina revealed he didn’t warrant the typical compassion with which she treated most defendants in her courtroom.
“I’m a judge who believes in life and rehabilitation when rehabilitation is possible,” Aquilina stated. “I have many defendants come back here and show me great things they’ve done in their lives after probation, after parole. I don’t find that’s possible with you.”
As I watched and listen to a few of the young girls testify, it just ripped my heart out. To think that these were innocent young girls just doing what they loved best – competing in gymnastics.
They didn’t know any better at the time. Many of them didn’t understand at the time they were being “examined” for their injury or manipulated for therapy that they were really being molested. They were too young to know any different.
But once even ONE young girl reported the sexual abuse, Michigan State University AND USA Gymnastics SHOULD have listened. It just makes me want to vomit to think that NEITHER of these two organizations felt it was important to stand up for these young girls in the beginning. To think that over 150 young girls were molested before Dr. Nassar was brought down is just insane. What’s wrong with these people!?! Why would anyone put winning OVER the safety of these children or young girls? How sick and demented was that?
How would any of these people in these organizations feel, if it was their OWN young daughter that came to them and said the same thing? Could you have not ONCE put yourself or your child in the place of just ONE of these girls who came to you to confess this ugly nightmare about Dr. Nassar?
Many of these young girls looked up to this man. They had a warm relationship with him. They trusted him. Unfortunately, their lives will be forever scared. Their lives and the lives of those around them and those they love.
Dr. Nassar deserves every to spend every minute of the rest of his life in jail. He has no remorse for his sins. He was a professional. A professional that these young girls trusted.
I trust that the scumbags in whatever prison he resides in, will not take his criminal offenses lightly. As even criminals in jail, have a way of dealing with low-life criminals or other animals especially those who have sexually assaulted young girls.