"Don't forget us." Final victim statements at Nassar sentencing offer some closure

"Don't forget us." Final victim statements at Nassar sentencing offer some closure

A father seething over sexual abuse suffered by three daughters tried to attack former sports doctor Larry Nassar in a MI courtroom Friday after a judge rejected his request to confront the "demon" in a locked room.

Moments before Margraves' attempt to charge at Nassar, one of his daughters, Lauren Margraves, had told the judge her parents were "filled with regret" because they felt responsible for taking her and her sisters to see Nassar.

Margraves almost reached Nassar, but was blocked by Nassar's attorney Matthew Newburg and then was restrained by at least three deputies.

Randall Margraves lunged at Dr. Larry Nassar after hearing his two daughters gave painful, personal and detailed victim impact statements about how Nassar sexually assaulted them during exams. If it is hard and difficult for me to hear what his daughters have to say, I can't imagine what it is like for a parent.

Judge Cunningham said she could give Margraves a jail sentence or fine him up to $7,500, but she didn't want to do that.

"No, sir, I can't do that", Judge Janice Cunningham said. His third daughter, Morgan, wrote a statement that was read last month in Ingham County.

The former doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University admitted to abusing his trusted position to sexually abuse young female patients, under the guise of medical treatment. Judge Cunningham will deliver Nassar's final sentencing early next week. Victim 210's father was often present in the room during Nassar's procedures.

"One of the reasons I required defendants to admit their crimes when pleading guilty was to confirm the victims' truth-telling, to make the defendants say out loud the details of their actions", she wrote.

"Those are the true voices that will lead us into a better society and handleing situations like this", said Roberts. "I stand with you, my brother". He asked for one minute alone instead.

During the hearing, Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis urged families to "use your words" and not resort to violence.

"For about a half hour, Larry had his fingers inside me", she said. "I'm here to help them heal". Margraves' daughters' hands flew to their mouths, and one of Nassar's lawyers moved to shield his client. And when she refused still, he sprinted across the room and lunged for Nassar.

In addition to his sentence of 40-175 years, Nassar is also serving a 60-year prison sentence on child pornography charges.

Also on Friday, the US Olympic Committee announced that a law firm has been hired to conduct an independent investigation into what the USOC and USA Gymnastics knew about Nassar's abuse and when, and how they handled the information.

"I certainly do", Margraves said.

"I'm not advocating that everyone should do that, I feel very remorseful, very apologetic".


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