Nassar's possession of child pornography emerged after MSU began investigating him in August 2016 after former gymnast Rachael Denhollander reported to MSU police that he sexually assaulted her in 2000, when she was 15.
It's the first of three prison sentences for Larry Nassar, who will learn his punishment in state court in January after pleading guilty to using his hands to molest girls at his campus office, his home and at a gymnastics club near Lansing, Michigan, sometimes with parents in the room. Federal Judge Janet Neff followed the government's recommended sentence Thursday. Nassar has already admitted to downloading child pornography, and will be sentenced in federal court on Thursday.
The charges relate to Nassar's time a faculty member at Michigan State University, from 1997 to 2016, when, the university said, he was sacked after the allegations surfaced. At 14, she made the National Team and was introduced to Nassar.
Erin wrote that she and her husband were not allowed to stay with McKayla when she was travelling overseas, sometimes not even in the same hotel. "She has transformed from a bubbly, positive, loving, world class athlete into a young adult who was deeply depressed, at times suicidal".
"It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first national team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport". "At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead".
"This experience has shattered McKayla", Erin Maroney wrote of her daughter, one of over 140 women to accuse Nassar of sexual abuse, in letters obtained by ESPN.
"Our daughter was totally failed by USA Gymnastics, by Michigan State University and by the U.S. Olympic Committee".
In lawsuits, two gymnasts have alleged they complained to Klages in 1997 about Nassar's treatment, to no avail. Michigan State declined to comment.
Michigan State and USA Gymnastics are defendants in numerous lawsuits.
Michigan State has commissioned an internal review of how university employees responded to suspicions about Nassar, but had planned to keep that review confidential, drawing criticism from victims and their attorneys.
Nassar, who worked with USA Gymnastics for almost three decades as a trainer and medical coordinator, could receive a minimum sentence of 27 years, but prosecutors want a 60-year prison term.