Earlier today, Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse, and now many are wondering about his personal life. The former doctor — who made headlines after taking advantage of more than 150 athletes (including Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney) — has a wife and three children.
According to court documents, Stephanie Nassar filed for divorce from the child molester on Jan. 25, 2017 — almost a year to the day of his sentencing. She also asked for sole custody of their kids and was reportedly granted the divorce in July.
Larry Nassar wipes a tear as he listens to a victim impact statement at his sentencing hearing on Jan. 16, 2018.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said, “It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again,” she said. “You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.” Rosemarie added, “I just signed your death warrant.”
Prior to his sentencing, Larry gave a statement, turning on occasion to address the courtroom gallery. “Your words these past several days have had a significant emotional effect on myself,” he said. “I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days.”
A total of 156 people — which included women, girls and their parents — provided impact statements during seven days of the sentencing hearing in Lansing, MI. Roughly two dozen more submitted written statements that weren’t read aloud in court. Along with recounting their experiences with Larry, many also criticized USA Gymnastics for ignoring complaints about the disgraced doctor for nearly two decades.
“These have been important narratives to hear and witness and listen to,” Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis said on Wednesday. “They will be the words that burn down cultural stereotypes and cultural myths. [Nassar] is possibly the most prolific child abuser in history.”
The 54-year-old’s minimum sentence is 40 years and it will be served after his federal sentence expires. The maximum sentence of 175 years stays within the sentencing guidelines. He will be eligible for parole in 99 years — 2117.
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