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'He is a monster'

Former U.S. gymnastics doctor slapped with 22 new sex abuse charges

February 23, 2017

Days after three former U.S. gymnasts publicly came forward with claims of disturbing sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar, formerly the physician for Team USA gymnastics, authorities have filed new charges against the disgraced doctor. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the charges in court on Wednesday, and followed them by telling reporters, “This guy is disgusting. This guy is despicable. He is a monster,” NBC News reported.

Nassar stands accused of using his fingers to penetrate young girls — without permission or using gloves — ostensibly under his care at his office in Michigan, according to NBC News. Similar claims from other women and girls, spanning decades, have previously been made against Nassar.

A police affidavit contained testimony of one alleged victim, 15 at the time of the incident, who said Nassar implored her to keep his abuse, which authorities say was passed off as a medical technique, a secret. “We don’t tell parents about this because they wouldn’t understand,” Nassar told the girl, according to the affidavit. In all, Nassar was hit with 22 new counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct based on the accusations of nine victims. Two of the victims were under age 13 when they allege the abuse occurred. Police say more than 80 women have come forward with criminal complaints in total. A lawyer representing former athletes suing U.S. gymnastics told CBS News that he believes there could be more than 100 victims.

Nassar, through his attorneys, has maintained his innocence, but his lawyers have reportedly not commented on the slew of new charges.

Watch the ABC News video below for more on the new charges.


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