USA Gymnastics board leaders resign amid Larry Nassar scandal

Tuesday, 23 Jan, 2018

Meanwhile, in Michigan, Nassar's sentencing hearing continued Monday, raising the number of girls and women who have spoken to almost 100 since last week.

Preston, a therapy dog, sits outside the Ingram County Circuit Court in Lansing and waits to be able to comfort the victims of Nassar's sexual abuse.

That's right: Miller, standing beside her mother, told the court that the state university's clinic is still billing them for the appointments during which she was allegedly abused - all while at least 14 MSU employees reportedly knew of Nassar's behavior as early as 1997. "He really seeks out wanting to comfort people". She came to me afterwards and said she, in fact, wanted her statement to be recorded b/c she wanted people to see it. "I'm away from my two dogs so having him here has been wonderful and comforting".

Amanda Smith was 8 years old when she began begging her parents to take her to Twistars gymnastics club in Dimondale, and they did.

More than 100 women and girls have given statements at Nassar's sentencing hearing in MI or have had statements read on their behalf.

Larry Nassar is escorted into the courtroom last Thursday. Typically the courtroom breaks into applause after. Larry Nassar was a 'master manipulator, ' says Aly RaismanThe board of directors will identify an interim chairperson until a permanent selection is named.

In a statement on the USA Gymnastics website, Perry thanked the departing trio of leaders "for their many years of service to this organization".

Emma Ann Miller, 15, said during her impact statement this morning that Nassar wrote that because he knew how many would come forward to speak.

Nassar, 54, has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct and faces life in prison. Nassar is already serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison on child pornography convictions. However, more than half a dozen Olympic athletes, including Simone Biles, allege the abuse also happened in Texas at the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville.

Clubs are now "required to report child abuse or neglect, including sexual misconduct, to proper authorities, including the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement authorities". The dog sits with children before and after the forensic interview and is also a familiar face if they are called to court. If you did not believe that I & others were abused than why pressure & manipulate us? The sentencing hearing will resume Tuesday. "Did you hear, Larry Nassar also said it was hard".

Raisman told TIME in November that while USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny resigned a year ago, "a lot of people working there let the abuse go on", referring to the board members. He told the grandmother that if she proceeded with the charges against Geddert it could put his gym in jeopardy.