The guy who was responsible for overseeing the health of the United States Gymnastics Team has been handed what amounts to a life sentence in prison for sexually abusing scores of his female team members – including one victim who was only six years old at the time.
As he was being sentenced for his heinous crimes, Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, 54, was told by the presiding judge that his life is basically now over. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was pleased to announce that it was her “honor and privilege” to sentence the man to serve the rest of his waking hours behind bars, as she chillingly told him, “I just signed your death warrant.”
According to reports, a shocking 156 women came forward to testify against Dr. Nassar, claiming they were sexually abused while under his “care.” Judge Aquilina forced Dr. Nassar to listen to every single testimony against him, to which he afterward offered an apology, stating:
“Your words these past several days have had a significant effect on myself and have shaken me to my core. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days.”
But Dr. Nassar failed to exemplify this in a letter he submitted to the court prior, which alleged that the accusers targeting him for sexual abuse were merely seeking attention from the media, as well as money. In the letter, Dr. Nassar wrote that “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” to which the gallery reportedly gasped in shock. Dr. Nassar further wrote about Judge Aquilina that she was merely seeking attention as well, which is why she placed him in the witness box next to her for all four days of the trial.
Judge Aquilina was none too pleased by any of this, convinced that Dr. Nassar was guilty of all the charges levied against him. She told him, with obvious bias, “You’ve done nothing to deserve to walk outside a prison again.”
Many of Dr. Nassar’s victims have filed lawsuits against him, as well as against U.S.A. Gymnastics, the governing body that oversees the sport, and Michigan State University, where he served as a faculty member. Dr. Nassar had reportedly been abusing female athletes for many years under the watch of these institutions, which has since prompted many of their board members and even the chairman of U.S.A. Gymnastics to resign.
“Larry is the most dangerous type of abuser,” stated Rachael Denhollander, one of Dr. Nassar’s victims and the last one to speak at the hearing. “One who is capable of manipulating his victims through coldly calculated grooming methodologies, presenting the most wholesome and caring external persona as a deliberate means to ensure a steady stream of young children to assault.”
Doctors assaulting their patients and colleagues is more common than you might think
The case is egregious, to say the least. But what’s unfortunate is that it certainly isn’t an isolated incident, as there have been numerous cases just over the past several months involving doctors who’ve been accused of molesting, sexually assaulting, or otherwise violating their patients – and these are just the ones that have been reported.
Back in October, Dr. James Nesmith, an adolescent medicine practitioner in Little Rock, Arkansas, reportedly turned himself in following a months-long investigation into claims made by four separate men that Dr. Nesmith molested them when they were teenagers.
In Singapore, Dr. Tan Kok Leong was recently sentenced to a 42-month jail term after being convicted of molesting his male colleague. Dr. Leong reportedly drugged the man, took photos of his private parts, and proceeded to sexually assault him.
In Egypt, a doctor is currently under investigation for allegedly molesting an underage Iraqi girl. Reports indicate that the young girl left the examination room in a hurry after the doctor touched her private parts, though the doctor claims he’s innocent.
A Florida doctor has been convicted of sexual battery and sentenced to 64 months in prison after being convicted of trying to perform an illicit sex act on a woman during a house call. Reports indicate that Jerry Ciocon, 62, was supposed to remove the woman’s vaginal cyst, but instead proceeded to molest her.
And who could forget the infamous recount of horrific medical abuse that Specialist Brandon Neely, a member of the U.S. Army, says took place at Guantanamo Bay? Beside the beatings and prisoner humiliation that he says occurred at the offshore prison camp, Spc. Neely says many prisoners were forcibly medicated and tortured by American doctors and medical personnel.
“If a doctor could engage in the sexual abuse and torture of another human being at Gitmo, what does that say about the lack of ethical training for doctors in general?” asked Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at the time when Spc. Neely came forward to tell the truth.
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