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THREE FORMER U.S. GYMNASTS ACCUSE LONGTIME DOCTOR OF SEXUAL ABUSE

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THREE FORMER U.S. GYMNASTS ACCUSE LONGTIME DOCTOR OF SEXUAL ABUSE

Caroline Slusarczyk

 Robert Killips/AP

Robert Killips/AP

On Sunday, three members of the U.S. women’s national gymnastics team, Jamie Dantzscher, Jeannette Antolin and Jessica Howard, accused Dr. Larry Nassar of sexual abuse on 60 Minutes.  The women alleged that starting in the 1990s when they were minors, Nassar, told them he needed to perform medical examinations on them “to improve their health and address their medical problems.”  They said as part of his exams, Nassar would insert ungloved fingers inside their private parts for long periods of time on several occasions.

Dantzscher told 60 Minutes, "He would put his fingers inside of me and move my leg around.  He would tell me I was going to feel a pop.  And that that would put my hips back and help my back pain."

Antolin said, “I remember being uncomfortable because of the area.  But in my mind, I was like, ‘If this helps, I’ll do anything.’  It was treatment.  You don’t complain about treatment.”

 CBS News

CBS News

The three gymnasts are not the first to make allegations against Nassar.  Many others, including students from Michigan State University where Nassar served as a sports doctor, have accused him of abuse.  However, Nassar has not been charged for the MSU sexual abuse allegations yet.

Along with these accusations, Nassar has been charged with possessing child pornography.  In December 2016, FBI investigators found 37,000 child pornography images and videos at Nassar’s home, some which were found on hard drives he tried to get rid of in the garbage.  The FBI is also in possession of a GoPro video of Nassar apparently molesting young girls in a pool.

Nassar, who is licensed to practice osteopathic medicine in Michigan, served as the USA Gymnastics team doctor from 1996 to 2015 and at MSU from the 1990s to 2015.  Nassar pleaded not guilty to the child pornography charges.  Nassar also insists that the methods he used on the three U.S. gymnasts were the correct medical practice.

 

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