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Judge Orders Prison To Seize Larry Nassar’s Money For Sexual Assault Victims

Former Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar has received about $13,000 in deposits since 2018, including federal stimulus checks, but has paid nothing to his victims, prosecutors said.

By The Associated Press
The Larry Nassar Case, Explained

A judge ordered the government to take money from the prison account of a former Michigan sports doctor who owes about $58,000 to victims of his child pornography crimes.

Larry Nassar has received about $13,000 in deposits since 2018, including $2,000 in federal stimulus checks, but has paid only $300 toward court-ordered financial penalties and nothing to his victims, prosecutors said.

He had a prison account balance of $2,041 in July.

“Because (Nassar) has received substantial non-exempt funds in his inmate trust account since incarceration, he was required by law to notify the court and the United States attorney and to apply those funds to the restitution that he still owed,” U.S. District Judge Janet Neff said Thursday.

In a court filing, Nassar said he had received “gifts” from “third parties.”

He said inmates should be paid a “living wage” for prison jobs so they can “make reasonable payments towards restitution.”

Nassar was a doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. He pleaded guilty in federal court to child pornography crimes before pleading guilty in state court to sexually assaulting female gymnasts.

Nassar is serving decades in prison. In January 2018, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar that it was her "honor" and "privilege" to be the one to sentence him to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing countless women. 

"You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again," Judge Aquilina told Nassar in the courtroom, after it erupted in applause. "I've just signed your death warrant."