McKayla Maroney: Larry Nassar should spend life in prison
McKayla Maroney wrote that Larry Nassar “deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison” in a letter of testimony to a judge presiding over one of the ex-USA Gymnastics team doctor’s cases.
“Dr Nassar was not a doctor, he in fact is, was, and forever shall be, a child molester, and a monster of a human being,” Maroney wrote. “He abused my trust, abused my body and left scars on my psyche that may never go away.”
Nassar, 54, will be sentenced for child pornography crimes in a Michigan court on Thursday. Federal prosecutors asked for a 60-year prison sentence.
He pleaded guilty last month to molesting teens and younger girls with his hands in two other cases in state court.
London Olympians Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Maroney, plus 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher and many other gymnasts, said they were victims when Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics.
“I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting,” Maroney wrote.
In an October social media post, Maroney said she was molested by Nassar starting at age 13 with the abuse continuing through the 2012 Olympics, when she was 16.
“This experience has been shattering to McKayla,” Maroney’s mother wrote in her testimony letter. “She has transformed from a bubbly, positive, loving, world class athlete into a young adult who was deeply depressed, at timessuicidal and essentially descended into an emotional abyss. At times I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.