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Nassar Victim Says He Abused Her, Missed Broken Leg

'You were never a real doctor'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 24, 2018 12:21 AM CST

(Newser) – A former elite gymnast said Tuesday that sports doctor Larry Nassar overlooked what turned out to be a broken leg while he molested her in the basement of his home. Isabell Hutchins, one of the latest victims to testify at a Michigan sentencing hearing for Nassar, practiced for weeks at a Lansing-area gymnastics club and even competed at national events despite acute leg pain as a teen in 2011. She said Nassar did nothing to encourage her to get help and instead molested her during late-night appointments at his home, the AP reports. "You were never a real doctor. You did not heal me. You only hurt me," Hutchins told Nassar, who was seated a few feet away in the Ingham County courtroom as the sentencing phase reached a sixth day.

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The accusers, many of whom were children, said they trusted Nassar to treat them properly, were in denial about what was happening, or were afraid to speak up. He sometimes used a sheet or his body to block the view of any parent in the room. "I'd been told during my entire gymnastics career to not question authority," Hutchins said. More than 150 women and girls have confronted Nassar in court or had a statement read on their behalf. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will sentence Nassar, 54, on Wednesday. Under a plea deal, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years behind bars, although the actual punishment could be much higher. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography. (The scandal has caused high-profile resignations in USA Gymnastics.)


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