UPDATE: A longtime sports doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics has been ordered to trial on charges alleging he sexually assaulted six young gymnasts while they sought treatment for injuries.
Prosecutors dropped some charges against a Michigan sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting young gymnasts.
The move came Friday at a crucial hearing for Larry Nassar. It drops the number of alleged victims to six instead of seven. Nassar is charged with using his hands to molest them when they saw him for various injuries.
Judge Donald Allen Jr. made his decision Friday in Mason, Michigan, after hearing testimony from the gymnasts and watching a police interview of the doctor, Larry Nassar.
The gymnasts consistently said that Nassar penetrated them with his ungloved hands, sometimes while their parents were in the room. Some allegations go back to 2000.
Nassar was a doctor at Michigan State and at USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis says Nassar was considered a “gymnastics god” by families.
Nassar told police that he didn’t get sexual pleasure from treating gymnasts.
MASON, Mich (WLNS) – Will an Ingham County judge move forward with the sexual assault case against Larry Nassar?
The former MSU doctor and his legal team prepare for a third day of preliminary hearings.
Today’s proceedings deal with 15 separate sexual assault charges lodged against Larry Nassar and it’s likely Judge Allen will decide today whether or not there’s enough evidence for the case to go to trial.
The court will hear testimony from at least one more woman today.
The first two days of testimony happened back in May.
During those first two hearings the court heard from six women and girls who say Nassar used his hands innappropriately during medical treatments.
Nassar maintains his innocence and says he performed accepted medical techniques.
6 News has a crew in the courtroom this morning and will update this story online and on 6 News.