Former U.S. Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 60 years in prison on three counts of child pornography charges. The 54-year-old pled guilty back in July to obtaining and possessing the explicit content, with an additional charge of knowingly destroying evidence.
Nassar will also be sentenced for 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault in the coming weeks — more charges to which he pled guilty back in November. Considering the physician has already received a sentencing that will land him behind bars until he is 114, being convicted of the additional counts will all but solidify that he’ll spend the remainder of his life in prison.
Judge Janet T. Neff, the federal judge who’s been overseeing Nassar’s case, claimed that first and foremost, the doctor failed to uphold the primary function of medicine, and that is to do no harm. Neff deemed his actions to not only be abusive of power, but also advantageous of those at a vulnerable age and situation.
“It’s imperative Mr. Nassar be deterred as long as possible,” Neff said. “Mr. Nassar was, is and, in my view, will continue to be a danger to children. He has demonstrated that he should never again have access to children.”
When perusing through his home in Holt, Michigan back during the fall of 2016, the FBI found more than 37,000 illegal images on an external hard drive that had been disposed of in a trash can that had already been rolled out onto the curb.
Nassar also admitted to paying money to wipe clean his Michigan State University laptop’s hard drive, which led to his firing on the following day. At the time, he acknowledged he was under investigation for his actions, allowing Judge Neff to determine that Nassar knew exactly what he was doing when erasing the memory.
Another special agent also testified that the garbage crew that was in charge of Nassar’s neighborhood was running behind on the day that investigators were searching his home, allowing them to have the time to find the evidence of the discarded hard drive in the trash.
U.S. attorney Sean Lewis, who served as the prosecutor for the case, said the “shockingly large collection” showed “very young to teens, children being raped, sexually molested, digitally penetrated.” This wasn’t the only evidence the judge took into account, however, as Neff also factored in the sexual assault charges as well.