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Larry Nassar Leaves Tucson Prison After Reported Attack

On Sunday night he was at a holdover facility in Oklahoma
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2018 10:15 AM CDT
In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Larry Nassar appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Mich.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Newser) – Last month brought word that within hours of being released into the general prison population in late May, Larry Nassar was attacked by other inmates. So said a court filing by his lawyer, and now the Detroit News reports Nassar, 55, has been removed from the federal penitentiary in Tucson, Ariz., in a move that's likely tied to the assault. Per the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, Nassar was on Sunday located at a holdover facility in Oklahoma. Where's he headed next? There's no official word, but an expert on sex offender designations tells the News that if an assault did take place, the Bureau of Prisons would investigate and then identify a facility where Nassar could safely be part of the general population.

Ralph Miller's guesses are USP Coleman II in Sumterville, Fla., or USP Terre Haute in Indiana. While the Arizona Republic notes the Tucson prison is the feds' only high-security facility with a sex-offender-management program, Miller tells the News the Florida and Indiana options have a heavier percentage of sex offenders than other high-security facilities "and also house inmates that have not been able to be safely housed in the mainstream high-security facilities, such as individuals who have cooperated with the government, inmates who are in bad standing with their gangs." The Republic notes Nassar had been housed at Tucson since February. (Nassar victim Simone Biles sent a message with her leotard on Sunday.)

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