Gymnastics doctor to return to court for another sentence

UPDATE: (WLNS) – Former MSU and USA Gymnastics Doctor, Larry Nassar is set to appear in front of a judge this morning in Eaton County for his third sentencing hearing.

The hearing comes exactly one week after Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in Ingham County on seven 1st degree criminal sexual conduct charges.

6-News has learned that at least 57 women and girls are expected to provide victim-impact statements and again, the hearing is scheduled to last longer than just one day.

These charges in Eaton County are related to the patients Nassar treated at Twistars Gymnastics Club in Dimondale.

Nassar pleaded guilty last November to three counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct.

That’s one count for each of the three victims in this case.

Of those three victims, at least one was under the age of 13 at the time of the abuse.

The other two were between the ages of 13 and 15 years old.

The hearing is scheduled to potentially go until Tuesday of next week.

While Nassar faces a minimum of 25 years, prosecutors are asking the judge to consider a much bigger sentence.

Nassar is currently behind bars in Ingham County but before he even begins serving his prison sentence in the state cases against him, he’ll have to finish his 60-year sentence in Federal prison for admitting to possessing child pornography.

6-News will be in the courtroom later today, we will also be live-streaming the hearing on our website.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting more than 150 women and girls will be confronted again this week by scores of victims.

Larry Nassar faces another prison sentence for molesting gymnasts, this time at an elite Michigan club run by an Olympic coach.

Judge Janice Cunningham set aside three days for roughly 60 people who want to confront Nassar or have their statement read in court. The event could unfold much the same as a hearing last week in Ingham County that ended with Nassar getting sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.

The hearing starting Wednesday in Eaton County centers on his assaults at Twistars, a Lansing-area gymnastics club that was run by 2012 Olympic coach John Geddert. Nassar admits penetrating three girls with his hands when he was supposed to be treating them for injuries.

The practice of allowing accusers to speak even if they are not tied directly to a case has raised questions about fairness. But Nassar agreed to allow the statements as part of a guilty plea.