Mich. AG seeks sentence of 40 to 125 years for Nassar

Detroit News staff and wire reports

Lansing – The Michigan attorney general’s office has asked a judge to sentence a disgraced Michigan sports doctor to 40 to 125 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven girls.

The office filed its sentencing memorandum Wednesday for 54-year-old Larry Nassar ahead of a sentencing hearing beginning next week in Ingham County. He faces a minimum sentence of 25 years.

The Lansing State Journal reports that Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis wrote in the filing that Nassar “preyed upon unknowing victims at every turn and at every opportunity,” including at USA Gymnastics training facilities.

A message seeking comment was left for one of Nassar’s attorneys.

A federal judge in December sentenced Nassar to 60 years in prison for three child pornography convictions. Nassar, who worked for Michigan State University until being fired in September 2016, is appealing that sentence.

On Thursday, MSU announced more details about a $10 million fund the school set up last month to provide counseling for Nassar’s victims.

The fund “is available to MSU health clinic patients and student athletes whom Nassar abused, as well as the parents of these victims,” the university said in a statement.

At least 150 women have sued Nassar, and 125 complained to MSU officials, alleging that he sexually abused them.

MSU hired Commonwealth Mediation and Conciliation Inc. and the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault to facilitate access to mental health services through the fund. A dedicated 24-hour phone line, (866) 407-1240, will be available at MNCASA starting at noon Jan. 12.