Plea deal reached in Nassar case

The former USA Gymnastics team doctor at the center of a sexual assault scandal, pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in a MI court.

The state Attorney General's office issued a statement during the hearing that stated 125 victims contacted about the plea agreement were satisfied with it.

Nassar was the team physician for the Michigan State University gymnastics and women's crew teams as well as an associate professor at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He worked for USA Gymnastics, the organisation that prepares gymnasts to compete in the Olympics.

Douglas later apologised, and in a further statement on Tuesday captioned "Please hear my heart", said her remarks were not intended as a criticism of Raisman."First, I want to reiterate my apology for responding the way that I did to a comment that one of my teammates posted", Douglas wrote.

The plea deal with prosecutors calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years but the judge could set the minimum as high as 40 years. I just want healing.

"I'm so sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire, out of control", Nassar said in his plea.

According to CNN, as of July, Nassar has been charged with a total of "22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and 11 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct at the state level".

Larry Nassar pleaded guilty Wednesday in a MI courtroom. I have no animosity toward any one.

He's also been accused of sexual abuse by more than 130 other women, including Olympic medalists Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and McKayla Maroney.

He also faces similar charges in a nearby county, with accusations from more than 125 purported victims.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina admonished the former doctor, telling him, "You used that position of trust that you had in the most vile way - to abuse children".

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