Former US Gymnastics Doctor Admits Guilt in Sex Abuse Case
A former USA Gymnastics doctor has told a court in the United States that he is guilty of sexual assault connected to his work with the national gymnastics organization and Michigan State University.
The man, Larry Nassar, now faces at least 25 years in prison.
He admitted to abusing seven girls at his home and in a Michigan State medical office. Six of them were gymnasts under his medical care. The abuse took place during what Nassar had called pain-relieving treatments.
Nassar faces similar accusations in other cases in criminal and civil courts. More than 125 women and girls are taking legal action against him. A federal court is also considering what to sentence Nassar for a child pornography conviction.
In April, American medical officials permanently barred Nassar from serving as a doctor.
American Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were Nassar's victims. All three women were on the gold medal-winning Olympic team in 2012. Raisman and Douglas also won gold with the team in the 2016 games.
Douglas, who also won the 2012 Olympic all-around gold medal, confirmed on Tuesday that she was among Nassar's victims.
Raisman discussed the abuse earlier this month in a television interview on the news program 60 Minutes. She was highly critical of the way USA Gymnastics dealt with reports of sexual abuse.
USA Gymnastics is also facing legal action, as is Michigan State and the United States Olympic Committee.
Maroney wrote about her abuse last month on Twitter, as part of the #MeToo social media movement.
In a statement Wednesday, USA Gymnastics said "We admire the strength shown by Gabby and her teammates in speaking out publicly to hold a predator accountable....We are very sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career."
On Wednesday, Nassar admitted to putting his fingers inside of the victims. He said his actions had no real medical purpose and that he did not have the girls' permission.
The decision at the court in Ingham County, Michigan, requires a prison sentence of at least 25 years. A judge could sentence Nassar to as many 40 years, however.
Sentencing is set for January 12.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar Wednesday: "You used your position of trust ... in the most vile way to abuse children."
She called the accusers "superheroes for all of America, because this is an epidemic." By epidemic, she means childhood sexual abuse affects a large number of people.
After the hearing, one of the accusers, Larissa Boyce, said it was "really hard" to look at Nassar in the courtroom.
"This was a man we trusted. He's admitting what he did was wrong and evil," Boyce said.
1.sexual assault 性侵
Like many women, some sex workers have been the victims of a sexual assault during childhood.
2.medical care 医疗护理
For the homeless, private medical care is simply out of the question.
3.legal action 法律措施
He vowed to take legal action.
4.speak out 说出
He said other things I cannot speak out for shame.
5.The abuse took place during what Nassar had called pain-relieving treatments.
took place 发生；举行
The interview took place on a Friday afternoon
Another dust-up took place in the teahouse.
6.She was highly critical of the way USA Gymnastics dealt with reports of sexual abuse.
dealt with 处理；应对
I had made arrangements for my affairs to be dealt with by one of my children
They dealt with a slew of other issues.
如今，拉里·纳萨（Larry Nassar）将面临至少25年监禁 。
他承认，曾在家中及密歇根州一家医疗机构对7名女孩实施性虐待 。其中6人为接受其医疗照顾的体操运动员 。而性虐待发生在纳萨所称的“缓解疼痛治疗”期间 。
纳萨还面临着刑事和民事法庭的相似指控 。超过125名妇女和女孩正在采取法律行动对其发起指控 。联邦法院也在考虑如何判决纳萨所犯的儿童色情罪 。
美国奥林匹克体操运动员阿莱·莱斯曼（Aly Raisman），麦卡拉·马罗尼（McKayla Maroney）和加比·道格拉斯（Gabby Douglas）曾公开表示受到纳萨侵害 。这3名女孩都是2012年奥运会的冠军 。其中，莱斯曼和道格拉斯还在2016年的比赛中赢得金牌 。
本月初，莱斯曼在新闻节目《60分钟》的电视采访中提及性虐待 。她对美国体操应对性虐待报道的方式极为不满 。
周三，纳萨承认曾将手指放入受害者体内 。他说，该行为并非出于医疗目的，也未获得任何女孩的同意 。
密歇根州英厄姆县法院要求至少处以25年的监禁 。然而，法官可能会判决纳萨长达40年的刑期 。
判决结果将于2018年1月12日宣判 。法官罗斯玛丽·阿奎里纳（Rosemarie Aquilina）告诉纳萨：“你利用职位之便谋取信任，还用最卑劣的手段性虐儿童 。”
她称赞原告为“全美的超级英雄，因为这是一种流行病 。”这里的“流行病”是指儿童性虐待会影响很多人 。
“这是我们曾经信任的人 。他已对自己的错误、邪恶行径认罪，”博伊斯说道 。