Larry Nassar is (hopefully) going to spend the rest of his life in prison after committing hundreds of acts of child molestation while serving in his capacity as a doctor for USA Gymnastics.
His sentencing hearing is ongoing, with a nearly unprecedented litany of victim’s statements being delivered in court; we talked about one amazing display of strength from a victim yesterday. Nassar reportedly wrote a letter to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in an attempt to bail on listening to the victim’s statements.
Via Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel:
As pathetic and self-absorbed as ever, as weak mentally as he was ethically, Larry Nassar wrote a six-page, single spaced letter to circuit court Judge Rosemarie E. Aquilina complaining about his ability to hold up mentally and physically in the face of days of victim statements directed at him and his decades of sexual molestation of young women.
The stress of the statements is all too much for … him.
Nassar, a former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics team doctor, has pled guilty to sexually abusing his former patients, mostly gymnasts. Part of the [plea] deal here in Ingham County, Michigan, allowed for any of his victims, which number in the hundreds, to address the court and tell their stories.
The judge, thankfully, wasn’t having it:
The onslaught caused Nassar to write Aquilina questioning, “my ability to be able to face witnesses these next four days, mentally.”
Aquilina was aghast.
“You may find it harsh that you are here listening but nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands collectively,” Aquilina said, staring at Nassar. “You spent thousands of hours perpetrating criminal sexual conduct on minors.
“Spending five or six days listening to them is significantly minor considering the thousands of hours of pleasure you had at their hands, ruining their lives,” Aquilina said.
There will be many more statements to come, and the proceedings might end up lasting through next week.