Local gymnasts react to Dr. Larry Nassar's sentencing

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Secchia is a Michigan State graduate who has donated millions of dollars to the university and is close with Lou Anna Simon, who resigned as Michigan State's president on Wednesday night.

Nassar, 54, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday for sexually assaulting young girls under the guise of medical treatment, following a weeklong hearing that saw more than 150 accusers recount their stories in a MI courtroom.

One of Michigan State's major donors, Peter Secchia, said he thinks allegations of sexual abuse and other complaints against former university doctor Larry Nassar were ignored because Nassar was a "rock star".

"That that was in discussion by the faculty." said Michael Lawrence, MSU law college professor.

The USOC is already conducting an independent inquiry into the scandal, although some of the victims have criticized the USOC as well for inaction that allowed Nassar to abuse girls and women unabated for so long.

The accusers said they were regularly molested after they sought medical treatment for various injuries. She says, "little did they know that one of those girls, who I promise you, would have been very happy with no attention at all was sitting next to them with tears falling down onto her plate".

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I've just signed your death warrant. Bill Beekman is expected to serve briefly in the role until the board of trustees can hire an interim president and then a permanent leader. "If we don't investigate, it's possible an individual who enabled Nassar could be appointed to the board OR the board could have the hard task of overseeing staff that enabled Nassar". Dr. Nassar worked at Michigan State University from 1997 until 2016, and the university has faced widespread accusations of failing to investigate the accusations of his abuse.

Both said they were unaware of Nassar's abuse until public reports.

The letter "tells me you still don't get it", Aquilina said, tossing the letter dismissively.

National attention to the Nassar scandal heightened last week after a Detroit News investigation found that at least eight women reported sexual misconduct by Nassar to at least 14 MSU representatives in the two decades before his arrest.

An unlikely hero has emerged from the Larry Nassar trial, with the judge that sentenced him to up to 175 years in prison for sexual assault being heavily praised for her no-nonsense approach.

Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting seven people in the Lansing, Michigan, area between 1998 and 2015.

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