Gymnastics Doctor Pleads Guilty To Sex Abuse
The former team doctor of the US gymnastics team pleaded guilty on Wednesday to sexually abusing seven athletes during medical exams.
Larry Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said.
Three of the victims were under 13 years old at the time of the abuse and others were between 13 and 15 years old, according to the guilty plea.
The plea comes as part of an agreement with prosecutors under which he will be sentenced to between 25 and 40 years in prison in exchange for the dismissal of other charges.
He is to be sentenced in January.
More than a hundred women and girls, including Olympic medallists Gabby Douglas, McKayla Moroney (pictured below) and Aly Raisman, have since come forward to accuse Nassar of abuse.
The 125 victims who have reported their cases to Michigan authorities and their parents will have the opportunity to testify at the sentencing, Schuette said.
The sport's national federation, USA Gymnastics, said after the hearing that it was "very sorry that any athlete was harmed by Larry Nassar."
It noted it had reported Nassar to the FBI and fired him in 2015.
"We note that affected women contacted by Michigan prosecutors supported
Separately, Nassar is to be sentenced next month on federal child pornography charges.