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Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to 60 years in prison

Nassar served as physician for Team USA through four Olympic games as well as for Michigan State University
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Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges.

A U.S. District Judge handed down the sentences sought by prosecutors, who said there was a link between Nassar's child-pornography activities and his "prolific molestation of children," according to court documents.

Nassar pleaded guilty in July to possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography depicting children as young as infants between 2003 and 2016.

The 54-year-old had been previously accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts, which grew into a full investigation following the claims.

Larry Nassar as he reacts to the defense attorney Shannon Smith reading the charges (Image: Getty Images)

Nassar is also set to be sentenced in January in two Michigan courts after pleading guilty to additional counts of criminal sexual conduct related to allegations he assaulted girls under the guise of medical treatment.

At that hearing, all of the more than 120 victims or their parents will be allowed to give victim impact statements.

Federal prosecutors said he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison since federal time will run consecutively to state sentences.

Larry Nassar addresses the court with his defense attorneys Matt Newberg and Shannon Smith (Image: Getty Images)

Nassar was the team physician for the Michigan State University gymnastics and women's crew teams, as well as an associate professor at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He served as the USA Gymnastics physician through four Olympic Games.

Olympic Gold medallist McKayla Maroney said in a victim statement, "He abused my trust, he abused my body and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away."

Rachael Denhollander the first woman to publicly say she was abused by Nassar, at the hearing (Image: Getty Images)

Larissa Boyce, a former gymnast sexually abused by Larry Nassar, attends a hearing of Nassar's trial (Image: Getty Images)

Nassar's attorneys had asked the federal judge for leniency in court filings, arguing Nassar had helped fellow inmates and taken Bible classes since his arrest nearly a year ago.

One of his attorneys, Matt Newburg, told reporters outside the courtoom, "He's devastated," and added that he believed Nassar was remorseful of his actions.

The District Judge Janet Neff said, "You have to wonder whether he felt he was omnipotent, whether he felt he was getting away with something so cleverly."

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