Former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar facing 22 new sex assault charges

Posted February 23, 2017

Seven different alleged victims were mentioned among the 22 charges. He is accused of assaulting a girl from the age of 6 until the girl was 12 at his home in Holt, Mich.

"Dr. Nassar preyed on these young girls, he used his status and authority to engage in horrid sexual assaults under the guise of medical procedures". Attorney General Bill Schuette and police plan to provide more details at a 2:30 p.m. news conference.

John Manly, the lawyer for many of Nassar's alleged victims, said his clients have reported abuse by Nassar beginning as far back as 1996.

Each of these counts are life offenses, Schuette said.

The investigation into Nassar is ongoing and the authorities are encouraging others who think they may be victims to come forward. However, Nassar often saw the girls alone and allegedly did not use a glove. Schuette called that claim "outrageous".

The dancer, 16, sought treatment from Nassar in 2002 for right groin pain, meeting with him weekly.

MI doctor Larry Nassar, who treated hundreds of local and U.S. Olympic gymnasts over 20 years, is facing more charges that he molested and sexually assaulted girls under his medical care. Nassar, who was sacked by MSU in September, has not been charged in connection to his role as a doctor.

Nassar had a clinic at Michigan State, where he treated members of the gymnastics team and younger regional gymnasts.

He was sacked by Michigan State last September for failing to follow restrictions that were put in place after a 2014 complaint about his treatments. Dozens of women and girls say they were assaulted. He also was a doctor for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. He has denied any abuse, and, in an email last fall to his Michigan State bosses, said, "I will overcome this".

Numerous women have the same allegations: During the course of Nassar's treatments, the doctor allegedly inserted "his bare, ungloved and unlubricated hand" into the victim's vagina, according to a complaint.

Dominique Moceanu, seen here during a 1997 practice, says changes in the gymnastics world are needed to protect girls from predators. "Because it was happening to all of them, they thought it was normal", Munford said.

Besides the criminal cases announced Wednesday, Nassar faces charges in two cases that were filed in 2016 and are unrelated to his work as a doctor. Those cases are pending.

Nassar, 53, was a doctor for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, the national gymnastics team, until summer 2015, accompanying the women's team at global competitions, including the Olympics.

"He would put his fingers inside of me, move my leg around", Dantzscher told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday.