Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who is accused of sexually abusing more than 100 of his female patients, is expected to plead guilty to federal child pornography charges.
He has agreed to plead guilty to receiving child pornography, possession of child pornography and charges relating to his attempt to destroy and conceal evidence in the case, according to ESPN. As part of the plea deal, Nassar, 53, will not be prosecuted for charges of sexual exploitation of children or for allegations of molestation of children. According to NBC affiliate WOOD-TV, a Go Pro that had Nassar allegedly molesting girls in a pool was confiscated by the FBI.
Attorney John Manly represents more than 90 of Nassar's accusers, including former Olympians and national team members. He told ESPN, "Many of our clients have spoken to and given evidence to the FBI. They gave that evidence and went through the trauma of reliving their experiences with the expectation that they would get justice. Dr. Nassar molested young women at the Olympics. He molested young women at national competitions. And our country is not going to charge him? The message that sends these women is: 'You don't matter.'"
Tiffany Thomas Lopez, 36, is one of the women who has accused Nassar of molestation. According to NBC, Nassar began treating her when she was a freshman softball player at Michigan State in 1998. She claims he molested her at least 10 times and university staffers ignored her complaints.
Nassar is expected to formally accept the plea deal on Tuesday in a Michigan federal court and Nassar admit that he downloaded thousands of images and videos of child pornography.
[Michigan Department of Corrections]
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