By Will Hobson
Former Olympic gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, accused of sexual assault by more than 130 women, including several Team USA gymnasts, pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual assault Wednesday in Michigan, in a deal that will send him to prison for at least 25 years.
Nassar, a 54-year-old father of three, could be sentenced to up to 40 years for his admissions of guilt in allegations brought by seven girls, all but one of them assaulted during medical treatment Nassar previously had defended as legitimate pain therapy.
Nassar still faces similar charges in another county in Michigan, and a plea hearing in that case could occur next week. Nassar already has pleaded guilty to three child pornography charges, and will be sentenced next month in federal court for those crimes.
Since one woman first publicly accused Nassar of assault last September, more than 130 have come forward in lawsuits against him, USA Gymnastics, and Michigan State, where he worked full-time and treated local athletes at a campus clinic.
Several Olympic gymnasts - including McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and, just this week, Gabby Douglas - have alleged they were assaulted by Nassar.