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Former gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to molesting 7 girls

Dr. Larry Nassar, 54, appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 22. Photo: Paul Sancya / AP

Larry Nassar, a former doctor for the U.S. gymnastics team and Michigan State University accused of molesting more than 130 patients, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the abuse of seven girls, three of them while they were under 13 years old, per NBC. He is facing at least 25 years in prison.

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  • According to the New York Times, Nassar told the court on Wednesday he prays "every day for forgiveness." Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told him she agrees "now is a time of healing, but it may take [the victims] a lifetime of healing while you spend your life behind bars thinking of what you did by taking away their childhood."
  • Olympic gold medalists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Gabby Douglas have all come forward saying they were abused by Nassar. He is facing similar charges in Eaton County, Michigan, and awaiting sentencing for child pornography charges, per the Times.

Nassar's victims have spoken out:

  • Lindsey Lemke, a MSU gymnast, spoke out on Wednesday: "We trusted him and he took advantage of that...it was blown off by so many people."
  • Raisman tweeted: Court regerring to Larry as DOCTOR Nassar. I AM DISGUSTED. I am very disappointed. He does NOT deserve that. Larry is disgusting. Larry is a MONSTER not a doctor."
  • Maroney said Nassar began abusing her as early as 13 years old: "Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment...It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated.'"
  • Douglas said they were "conditioned to stay silent" about abuse from Nassar.
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