Gymnast Maggie Nichols Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her, Too

Gymnast Maggie Nichols Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her, Too

Gymnast Maggie Nichols Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her, Too

Sooner gymnast Maggie Nichols has scored ideal 10s in every event, and she's one of the best in the nation. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the receipt, possession and destruction of child pornography.

Former Michigan State University and US gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appears at Ingham County Circuit Court on November 22, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan. Maggie eventually helped take her team to the top at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships and placed second in the all-around, after fellow US gymnast Gabby Douglas, at the AT&T American Cup in early 2016.

"She is just now being able to have the fun she missed earlier in her life being at a school that loves her and supports her", Gina said. After hearing our conversation she asked me more questions about it and said it doesn't seem right.

That includes speaking up against sexual abuse and the organizations that kept it quiet, he said. But I was only 15 and I just thought he was trying to be nice to me.

Sometime between June 21 and July 2, USA Gymnastics brought on Fran Sepler, an expert on workplace harassment with experience interviewing children in sexual assault cases, to interview Maggie. "Free of the voice in her head, the shame, the guilt. We were never told who she was, what her position was and so we thought it was part of the FBI investigation". "By the time I was 14, I made the USA National Team". I traveled internationally for 4 years attending competitions and in 2015 competed at the World Championships representing our country. Initially, he did nothing unusual.

As a member of the USA national team, Nichols said she started receiving treatments from Nassar when she was 13 or 14 for elbow problems. She wrote that she was discussing Nassar's treatment with a teammate during practice one day when a coach overheard. My back was really hurting me, I couldn't even really bend down, and I remember he took me into the training room, closed the door and closed the blinds.

"Not only was Larry Nassar my doctor, I thought he was my friend". "But then he started touching me in places I really didn't think he should. He didn't have gloves on and he didn't tell me what he was doing", the statement said.

When Nichols' coach learned of Nassar's unorthodox treatments, the story unraveled, including a friendship on Facebook which Nichols now recognizes as typical grooming by an abuser toward a young victim.

Nichols also says USA Gymnastics failed to provide a safe environment for her and her teammates. "We were subjected to Dr. Nassar at every National Team Camp, which occurred monthly at the Karolyi Ranch. His job was to care for our health and treat our injuries", Nichols said.

Says John Nichols, "When the Fran Sepler interview was arranged, I was under the impression that this was the FBI investigator".

Between the time that USA Gymnastics fired Nassar and an investigation by The Indianapolis Star newspaper more than a year later, numerous women and girls say they were abused by the doctor, police logs from Michigan State suggest.

In December, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges, and pleaded guilty to 10 charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with young girls, including one who was under age 13, in MI state courts.

Nichols, 20, says she was the first gymnast to alert USA Gymnastics staff to Nassar's criminal behavior in 2015.

Nassar was on the faculty at Michigan State University and saw patients there, but USA Gymnastics did not contact MSU or the Michigan-based gymnastics club Twistars whose athletes were also treated by Nassar.

Nassar has been accused of serial sexual abuse by over 125 young women, including elite gymnasts Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney.

Nassar is also a defendant in federal civil lawsuits, all of which also list MSU, MSU's Board of Trustees and USA Gymnastics as defendants.

Nassar was sacked, but put out a statement saying he was retiring that went uncorrected by USA Gymnastics, Nichols' attorney, John Manly, pointed out.

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