The perverted doctor in charge of hundreds of girls in the USA gymnastics program just got a very hard dose of payback by his fellow inmates, who typically don’t take kindly to grown men who sexually assault kids.
This is going to be one long and painful prison sentence… and he deserves it.
According to court documents filed Tuesday by his attorneys, Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who is serving 40 to 175 years for molesting seven girls, was physically assaulted by fellow inmates within hours of being released into the general prison population.
After being convicted in January of molesting seven girls and possessing child pornography, Nassar, 54, was booked into the United States Penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona. According to his attorneys, the disgraced doctor was almost immediately attacked by other inmates.
“Nassar was ‘physically attacked’ within hours after being released into the general population,” NBC News reports, citing documents filed by Nassar’s attorneys in Ingraham County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Nassar’s legal team is attempting to get their client re-sentenced by a different judge for what they say is an overly-harsh sentencing by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, whom they accuse of using Nassar’s case to send a “message to the entire world.” The New York Times reported at the time:
Mr. Nassar’s lawyers asserted that Judge Aquilina had overreached throughout the hearing, denigrating Mr. Nassar and allowing herself to be seen as an advocate for the victims. At one point, the judge told a young woman: “Leave your pain here and go out and do your magnificent things.”
All of it, his lawyers suggested, meant that the circumstances of Mr. Nassar’s criminal case — the essential legal issue of the sentencing hearing — wound up overshadowed. “The entire sentencing proceedings were designed to send a message to the entire world, as Judge Aquilina stated over and over again,” the lawyers wrote.
Nassar’s attorneys note that “she might let people do to Nassar what he admitted doing to the young gymnasts if the Constitution did not prohibit cruel and unusual punishment,” NBC adds.
“It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. … I just signed your death warrant,” Judge Aquilina famously said.
In the trial, over 150 women testified against the former doctor; he has been accused of molesting 265 girls and women.