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Larry Nassar now faces 22 new sexual assault charges, the first connected to his role as a doctor, and Attorney General Bill Schuette said there will “absolutely” be more relating to the more than 80 women or girls who have made allegations.
Police secured warrants for the first degree criminal sexual conduct charges Wednesday morning in 55th District Court in Ingham County and District Court in Eaton County, officials said. More than half the charges directly relate to his work as a doctor at Michigan State University’s Sports Medicine practice and the rest are tied to his work with a gymnastics club.
“This guy is a monster,” Schuette said during a Wednesday afternoon news conference. “What he did under this disguise, this guise, this hoax of providing medical treatment to young women who had injuries, and what he did, shocks the conscience and it rocks you in every way. In every worst way.”
The charges Wednesday relate to nine accusers, some of whom are now adults. According to court records, say they were sexually assaulted during medical appointments. All nine said Nassar’s treatments included digital vaginal or anal penetration without consent.
Dr. Larry Nassar and his attorneys, Shannon Smith and Matt Newburg.
Matt Newburg, one of Nassar’s attorneys, declined to comment. Nassar, 53, has previously denied any wrongdoing and said he performed legitimate medical procedures.
Nassar worked for decades with Michigan State University and with USA Gymnastics. The university fired him in September. Attorney Office, one thing is clear: Nassar used his reputation and standing as a physician to take advantage of his patients trust,” she said. Simon also urged victims to contact the MSU Police Department.
In all, Nassar faces 25 sexual assault charges in state courts and three child pornography charges in federal court. On Friday, a judge ruled that there was enough evidence for Nassar to stand trial on the three initial sexual assault charges. Previous charges three sexual assault counts in Ingham County and three child pornography counts in federal court do not relate to Nassar’s role as a doctor.
He faces up to life in prison if convicted on the state charges and up to 40 years in prison if convicted on the federal charges.
The Ingham County charges relate to medical appointments at Michigan State University’s Sports medicine clinic offices or after hours at Nassar’s home in Holt, according to court documents. The Eaton County charges relate to Nassar’s work at Geddert Twistars Gymnastics Club in Dimondale.
Michigan State University police Det. Sgt. Andrea Munford testified Wednesday morning during a hearing that led to charges in Ingham County that Nassar did not obtain consent from the patients or their parents and did not wear gloves.
Some of the women told police Nassar was sexually aroused during the procedures and that at times the penetration lasted up to 30 minutes. Some of the women also told police Nassar digitally penetrated them in the presence of their parents, who were blocked from full view of the doctor’s actions.
Ingham County Magistrate Mark Blumer signed warrants Wednesday morning at the end of a 20 minute hearing.
“I further find that there is no reasonable reason to believe that the processes followed by the defendant were legitimate medical practices,” he said. “And because of that I find him to be an immediate danger to the public and I am denying bond pending arraignment on these charges.”
Nassar is in federal custody and is being held without bail on other charges.
“The allegations of sexual assault against Dr. Nassar continue to increase nearly every day, and we remain constantly in contact with the victims as we move forward,” Michigan State University Police Chief Jim Dunlap said in a statement prior to the news conference. “Our priority is getting justice for the survivors and we are determined to make certain that occurs. I encourage anyone who may have been a victim of Larry Nassar to come forward by contacting the MSU Police Department.”
Many of the accusers told police they began seeing Nassar for pain in their hips, backs, hamstrings, or for other issues. They were identified in affidavits filed with the courts by letters of the alphabet.
Victim F saw Nassar more than 30 times over several years, Munford testified in Ingham County. During the first appointment, Victim F told police that Nassar explained to her and her mother that he knew of an Australian technique, which he didn explain, Munford testified.
“Victim F stated that when her mother was in the room Nassar covered her with a sheet,” Munford testified. “When her mother stood up to see what was happening, Nassar stopped penetrating her.”
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The penetration often lasted 45 minutes, Munford added, and there were times during the penetration that Nassar had a hand on the woman breasts.
“Victim F also saw Nassar with a noticeable erection,” the detective testified. “During one appointment he told her to shave her pubic hair. On another occasion, while penetrating her, he talked about fingering his ex girlfriend in the same way.”