Sport McKayla Maroney: Nassar 'Deserves to Spend the Rest of His Life in Prison'

22:22  06 december  2017
22:22  06 december  2017 Source:   Sports Illustrated

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Olympic gymnastics gold medalist McKayla Maroney and her family are seeking the maximum sentence for former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar , who is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday after being charged with child porn crimes.

McKayla Maroney posing for the camera© Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Olympic gymnastics gold medalist McKayla Maroney and her family are seeking the maximum sentence for former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday after being charged with child porn crimes.

Maroney says that Nassar sexually abused her for years and was scheduled to deliver a victim-impact statement on Thursday. That testimony will now be delivered by letters written by Maroney and her mother.

Maroney has said that she was sexually abused by Nassar, who is facing several sexual assault charges and pled guilty this summer on charges of obtaining and possessing child pornography and destroying computer files to hamper a federal investigation.

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Nassar is currently facing 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and is facing life in prison . Maroney , now 21, alleges abuse as early as when she was 13. PM Roundup: NFL Draft in Dallas; Chris Long Donates His Checks for Rest of Season.

“I had a dream to go to the Olympics,” wrote former Team USA gymnast McKayla Maroney Nassar has already pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges and faces 22 to 27 years in prison . It should rest with the parent who thinks, “He’s spending a lot of time with alone her” or “There’s

Nassar, who worked with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades as a trainer and medical coordinator, could receive a minimum sentence of 27 years, but prosecutors want a 60-year sentence.

Nassar is accused of sexually abusing 140 women and girls.

"This experience has shattered McKayla," Erin Maroney wrote in a letter, obtained by ESPN.com, to the federal court. "She has transformed from a bubbly, positive, loving, world-class athlete into a young adult who was deeply depressed, at times suicidal. At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead."

Maroney's teammates on that Olympic team, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, have also accused Nassar of sexual abuse.

"He abused my trust, abused my body and left scars on my psyche that may never heal," McKayla Maroney said in her letter. "Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison."

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