Nassar to face trial on Eaton County sex assault charges

Larry Nassar consults with his attorneys at his preliminary exam in Eaton County

UPDATE: Larry Nassar is heading to trial in Eaton County on 13 counts of criminal sexual conduct, seven in the first degree and six in the third degree.

Three alleged victims took the stand Friday describing some of the details of Nassar’s alleged abuse while he treated them at Twistars Gymnastics Club in Dimondale.

The court heard from victim A, B, and C as each of them described how they first came into contact with the world-renowned gymnastics doctor.

It was at Twistars Gymnastics Club in Dimondale. They said almost every Monday night Nassar would volunteer there and when he did, a long line would form outside of a back room as they say they went in one-by-one to get treated for their injuries and Twistars owner John Geddert would cover the costs.

When talking about the alleged abuse, “Victim C” testified that Nassar once told her “we don’t tell parents about this because they won’t understand… “

Victim A also testified in the Ingham County case.

But the defense argued that Nassar would treat them in an open, unlocked room with no attempt to hide what he was doing.

The alleged victims testified that they didn’t tell their parents about the abuse right away but did talk about it among their fellow teammates.

Nassar was described as an “integral” part of the Twistars gym. He was trusted and respected..

The Attorney General’s office also presented video of an interview between MSU Detective Sgt. Andrea Munford and Nassar from last fall after MSU received a complaint from former gymnast Rachael Denhollander.

The same video was played in the Ingham County case.

When asked about how many times Nassar performed the procedure in question, he said “It could be thousands.”

Nassar added that he explains the treatment and gets real time feedback from his patients.

Detective Munford was the last to take the stand. Both the AG’s office and defense asked her questions about the interview.

AG: “Did you ask the defendant if he did intra-vaginal procedures?

MUNFORD: “Yes.”

AG: “And what was his response?”

MUNFORD: “No.”

SHANNON SMITH: “The term penetration has a different definition legally than it does in maybe other areas like medically, correct?”

MUNFORD: “I don’t know.”

SMITH: “You never sat there and defined with him, what is your definition of penetration, correct?”

MUNFORD: “Correct.”

SMITH: “You never said to him what do you mean by penetration right?”

MUNFORD: “I did not.”

In addition to the cases in Ingham and Eaton counties, Nassar is also facing child pornography charges at the federal level.

More plaintiffs were added to the civil lawsuit against Nassar and MSU in federal court.

There are now more than 100 women and girls who accusing him of sexually assaulting them during what they thought was medical treatment.

Nassar maintains his innocence and says the treatments he performed on his patients were accepted medical techniques.

6 News will continue to follow this story for you as the court process continues and update you as we learn new information.

An Eaton County judge has decided there’s enough evidence to send a former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor to trial to face charges of sexual assaulting his young patients.

Larry Nassar will face 13 counts in all – seven counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct and six counts of 3rd degree.

 

Three alleged victims testified today, as did a police detective.

They say Nassar abused them while at Twistars, a gymnastics club in Eaton County, while they were between the ages of 10 and 16.

A judge has already decided Nassar will face similar charges in Eaton County.

He’s also faces federal charges of child pornography and a civil suit by 90 women and girls who say he abused them.

Nassar says he performed accepted medical treatments and maintains his innocence.

Alexandra Ilitch was in court for the hearing and will have more tonight on 6 News.

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