Victim to Nassar: 'What you did to me was twisted'

February 01, 2018

CHARLOTTE, Michigan (AP):

More women and girls are giving victim statements or having them read in a Michigan courtroom in a third sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, the disgraced former gymnastics doctor who has been convicted of molesting people under the guise of medical treatment.

Nassar, 54, worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, the governing body that also trains Olympians. He was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison for assaulting seven people in the Lansing area; more than 150 statements were given in that seven-day hearing. He was sentenced in December to 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography.

Jessica Thomashow, 17, said Nassar molested her at ages 9 and 12, when she had rib displacement and a stress fracture in her ankle.

"You took advantage of my innocence and trust. You were my doctor. Why? I ask myself that question all the time. What you did to me was twisted. You manipulated me and my entire family. How dare you?"

She said at Twistars, injured gymnasts were instructed to see Nassar, not their family doctor. She said she wanted to be a sports doctor, but the dream "died" after Nassar's abuse.

Thomashow also testified in the first day of the earlier sentencing hearing. She is a victim in both the Eaton County and Ingham County criminal complaints.

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