During the sentencing of disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who presided over his hearing, read a snippet of a letter Nassar wrote to the court, as Dearly previously reported.
The sections of the letter she read made many of those still in the courtroom gasp:
The federal judge went ballistic at sentencing since I pledged guilty to the state cases and spent 10% on the federal case and 90% on the state cases and civil suits. She gave me 60 years instead of 5 to 20 years (three consecutive 20-year sentences). I pleaded guilty to possession of porn from 9/2004 to 12/2004, four months.
The prosecutor even admitted the I never belonged to any porn sites, any chat rooms, was not on the dark web, and also they could not prove I viewed it. It was all deleted, of course, I shared my electronics, and I could not prove that. So for four months of porn possession from 2004, I was sentenced to 60 years, not proper, appropriate, or fair. […]
What I did in the state cases was medical, not sexual, but because of the porn I lost all support, thus another reason for the state guilty plea. So I tried to avoid a trial to save the stress to this community, my family, the victims, yet look what is happening. It is wrong. […]
I was a good doctor because my treatments worked and those patients who are speaking out, were the same ones that praised and came back over and over and referred family and friends to see me. The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong and bad. They feel I broke their trust. “Hell hath no fury like a women scorned.”
It is just a nightmare. […] The stories that are being fabricated to sensationalize this, then the AG would only accept my plea deal if I said what I did was not medical and was for my own pleasure. They forced me to say that or they were going to trial. And not accepting the plea, I wanted to plead no contest, but the AG refused that. I was so manipulated by the AG and now Aquilina. And all I wanted was to minimize stress to everyone like I wrote earlier. […]
In addition to the federal case, my medical treatments with the Olympic/national gymnastics team were discussed as part of the plea. The FBI investigated them in 2015 and found nothing substantial because it was medical. Now they are seeking the media attention and financial reward.
Following the letter, Aquilina addressed Nassar and directly asked if he wanted to rescind his plea deal. He replied no.
The judge went on to say that Nassar’s letter tells her that the defendant doesn’t see what he did as wrong— he still considers himself a doctor, he still feels entitled, and he still believes that the abuse was “treatment.”
Aquilina then said:
“As much as it was my honor and privilege to hear these sister survivors. It’s my honor to sentence you, because you sir, do not deserve to walk outside a prison again. […] I’ve just signed your death warrant.”
Nassar was sentenced to 175 years.
At the end of the sentencing, Aquilina revealed that she will not be talking with the media and that those covering the sentencing should focus solely on the stories of the survivors.
“This story is not about me. It never was about me. […] I’m not going to be making any statements. […] It’s just not my story. […] It is their story.”
As both Aquilina and Nassar exited the courtroom, those still inside erupted in applause.