Male gymnast says Nassar sexually abused him

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

The brother of one of former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar's victims said he was also abused by the convicted sex offender.

Dr. Larry Nassar

Jacob Moore, whose sister Kamerin Moore was treated and sexually assaulted by Nassar, made the allegations as part of a federal civil lawsuit filed Wednesday against MSU, Nassar, USA Gymnastics and several individuals affiliated with those organizations.

Moore is the first male victim of Nassar to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse. Now an adult, the victim was a gymnast between 2001 and 2015, he said in court documents.

In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, Moore said Nassar had treated him several times, but when he was instructed to visit Nassar's home in April 2016 to be treated for a shoulder injury, the former sports doctor sexually assaulted him.

He also alleges the assault happened in the home's basement and in front of a young girl, another gymnast. 

"While Defendant Nassar was treating Plaintiff Jacob Moore for his shoulder pain, a minor female gymnast also came to Dr. Nassar’s home and came into the basement in the area where Defendant Nassar was treating Plaintiff Jacob Moore," according to the complaint. "When the minor female gymnast came into the basement, Dr. Nassar then pulled down Plaintiff Jacob Moore’s pants ..., explaining to Jacob Moore that he was doing this to treat his shoulder pain through acupuncture."

The civil suit seeks a minimum of $75,000 in damages, according to court records. On Monday, a lawsuit was announced that six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman is suing the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, claiming both organizations “knew or should have known” about abuse by Nassar.

Nassar was incarcerated in a high-security federal prison this month after three judges handed him prison sentences for possessing 37,000 images of child pornography and committing first-degree criminal sexual conduct with nine girls.

A Detroit News investigation found at least 14 MSU staffers knew about Nassar's misconduct over two decades.

He was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in Ingham County and another 40 to 125 years in Eaton County. He was already serving a 60-year federal sentence for possessing child pornography.

Before he was sentenced for the sexual assault charges, more than 200 young women testified in two county courts that they had been victimized by Nassar over two decades while he was a physician for MSU and USA Gymnastics.