DEVELOPING: Nassar guilty plea accepted in federal court

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

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Reactions are coming in following Dr. Larry Nassar’s guilty plea to child pornography charges today in federal court.

The former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics team doctor will be sentenced at a later date on the three charges, two of which carry up to 20 years in prison.

Michigan State University spokesperson Jason Cody said in a published statement, “As the plea agreement reached July 11 on the federal charges facing former MSU doctor Larry Nassar shows, his behavior was deeply disturbing and repugnant. It was through the hard and diligent work of the MSU Police Department that led to Nassar’s arrest and conviction on the federal charges. We are grateful for all of the law enforcement efforts put forth by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan and the FBI. This cooperation was vital to this investigation.”

Michigan State University Police Chief James Dunlap, whose department is involved in the investigation, released a statement saying, “I am very pleased with the outstanding investigative efforts of the MSU Police Department’s Special Victims Unit and the Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime Unit, who recovered and analyzed the evidence in these cases. It is important to note that today’s federal plea does not impact the pending criminal sexual conduct cases in Michigan, which are currently being prosecuted by the Michigan Attorney General.”

This story continues to develop and will be updated online and on 6 News tonight.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WLNS) – Dr. Larry Nassar has resolved one of the four criminal cases against him.

This morning in federal court his guilty plea to three child pornography charges was settled.

Magistrate Ray Kent accepted Nassar’s guilty plea and the case will now move on to a judge for sentencing.

That could happen as soon as November.

Two of the charges carry maximum penalties of up to 20 years in prison.

Nassar is awaiting trial on charges of molesting nine girls, all but one of whom were gymnasts seeking treatment for injuries.

Separately, Nassar is being sued by more than 100 women or girls with similar allegations.

Matt Newburg and Shannon Smith, Nassar’s attorneys, issued a short statement on their client’s behalf.

Dr. Nassar’s position on the state cases has not changed and we intend to proceed to trial. The plea today was negotiated only to resolve the federal charges.

Today’s plea is separate from sexual assault charges involving women and girls who said they were molested by him when they sought treatment for injuries.

6 News reporter Alexandra Ilitch has been covering this story since it first broke and was in the courtroom today. She’ll update this story online and on 6 News tonight.

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