Larry Nassar, former sports physician known for treating Olympic female gymnasts, will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced to 40 to 175 years in a Michigan prison.
More than 150 women and girls took the stand to detail the sexual abuse they endured by the doctor, who plead guilty to assault that dates back 20 years. Before serving the Michigan sentence, the 54-year-old faces 60-years in federal prison for child pornography crimes
At the end of the seven-day hearing Wednesday, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said, "It is my honor and privilege to sentence you.”
“You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable," she continued. “I just signed your death warrant.”
When the hearing ended, the courtroom clapped and cheered. Victims and prosecutors hugged and cried as the 16-month case finally came to an end.
Social media reacted, too. Many took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the sentencing. Several responded to Aquilina’s comments, including Olympic medalist Simone Biles, praising her for her candor.
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Some thought the judge was too harsh and said she acted inappropriately. They called her “unprofessional” and “mean.”
Others applauded the victims for their bravery and strength. Several said they were heros and admired them for standing together.
And a few reflected on the future, hoping Nassar’s punishment would prevent other sexual crimes from happening.