Read Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney's impact statement against Nassar

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

Maroney, who released a statement in October alleging the former USA Gymnastics doctor molested her while she was on the team, wrote a victim impact statement detailing the alleged sexual abuse and its psychological impact.

"There are multiple state criminal cases and multiple civil lawsuits specifically focusing on Defendant's years-long, nationwide - and beyond, sexual assaults committed against these and his other more than 100 victims". "Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison".

'I can not tell you the anguish her Dad and I feel and the responsibility we feel for not being aware of this or being able to stop it'.

In their letters, Maroney and her mother went beyond Nassar when it came to assigning blame for the abuse her daughter suffered, pointing to three institutions she considers culpable: the USOC, USA Gymnastics, and MSU.

Erin wrote that she and her husband were not allowed to stay with the girls during their travel and that her husband once questioned former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny about the safety of the athletes, to which Penny responded that the girls were "More safe than the President of the USA".

"She said to me, 'Mom I thought I was going to die.'" I can not tell you the anguish her Dad and I feel over this, and the responsibility we feel for not being aware of this, or being able to stop it". Nassar awaits sentencing for his child pornography case on Thursday- a sentence that carries at least 27 years in prison after his plea. A position of power brings the potential for abuse, she said.

"Underneath this veneer lurked a predator", Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Lewis said.

Nassar was on the faculty of MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1997 until he was sacked in September 2016 when athletes started to accuse him of sexual assault.

Mckayla, along with several other Team USA national gymnasts reported incidents to ESPN were Nassar abused them in their dorm rooms at the Karolyi Ranch and villages at the Olympics, despite a USA Gymnastics policy which forbids adults from being alone with minors. Former Olympic gymnasts are among scores of accusers.

Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County Circuit Court, acknowledging that he sexually penetrated the young women and that they were not old enough to give consent. He downloaded 37,000 images of child pornography that included images and videos of men raping young children.

Nassar agreed to plead guilty to all of those charges.

"On the surface, he was a respected, world-renowned expert for elite athletes".

"But underneath this veneer lurked a predator". He took advantage of nearly every opportunity to do so.

He said Nassar "amassed an enormous collection of abominable images of children being sexually abused, raped and degraded". Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse.

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 60-year sentence. The judge could order the sentence be served consecutive to any he receives at the state level next month. His lawyers say he "deeply regrets" his crimes. "If Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee had paid attention to any of the red flags in Larry Nassar's behaviour, I never would have met him, I never would have been "treated" by him and I never would have been abused by him", McKayla Maroney wrote.

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