Larry Nassar is an imprisoned sex offender, an ex-medical coordinator of the America Gymnastics national team, and an ex-osteopathic consultant at Michigan State University. He became famous thanks to his involvement in the well-televised sexual harassment scandal within the USA Gymnastics team. He was accused and then convicted of sexually abusing over one hundred female gymnasts.
The father of three became a criminal once he was found guilty of the charges leveled against him. His story is a typical example of falling from grace. Nassar was a well-revered medical practitioner before he became a convicted felon who lost his job and wife. Ever since his very terrible public ordeal, a lot of questions have been asked about the man with many wondering the sort of childhood he had, the kind of family he hails from, and whatnot.
The Convicted Sex Offender Was a Respected Sports Scientist
Larry Nassar was born on August 16, 1963, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Digging into his school history, we learned that he schooled and finished from North Farmington High School, where he later served as a gymnast sport instructor for females.
After high school, Larry became a student at the University of Michigan, a public research establishment located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was at this establishment that he bagged his first B. SC certificate in Kinesiology. He was also a part of the school’s football workout team.
Noticed for his exceptional skills in coaching, he got an offer of employment as the sports instructor for the America Gymnastics nation-wide team in 1986. Choosing not to abandon his education, he became a student of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993. There, he bagged his second B.SC certificate in Osteopathic Medicine.
The sports trainer did his postgraduate groundwork in General medical practice at St. Lawrence Hospital and also finished his internship in sports medicine in 1997. Larry Nassar was a knowledgeable doctor who contributed to the remedy-finding of injuries obtained by gymnasts during their games. He co-authored at least six analysis remedy books.
In 1996, he became a team health personnel of Holt High School, a public high school in Michigan. That same year, he became the national medical personnel for the USA Gymnastics and held the position until 2014 when a national scandal brought an end to his life as a free man.
His Unforgiveable Crimes Were Exposed in 2016
In 2015, the USA Gymnastics ended their deal with Nassar after they learned about the sexual assault cases leveled against him. In the following year, Larry Nassar’s sexual harassment story went viral after The Indianapolis Star reported that the doctor sexually assaulted former USA gymnast, Rachael Denhollander.
A year later, many other abused athletes spoke up about their experience with the doctor. This included athletes like Jeanette Antolin, Jessica Howard, Jamie Dantzscher, Mckayla Maroney, and many more. The accusations snowballed and became a national story that empowered the #MeToo movement.
Rachael Denhollander, one of his first accusers that went public, alleged that the man sexually abused her on five occasions when he was 15 years old. McKayla Maroney claimed he molested her repeatedly between 2008 and 2016.
Larry Nassar Preyed on Hundreds of Girls and Women
In total, at least 250 women and girls accused him of sexual assault, with the oldest incident dating as far back as 1992. Of the 250 allegations, Larry Nassar admitted to ten of them. Criminal charges were filed in November 2016, first by the state and then at the federal level. State prosecutors charged him with 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with minors.
His federal charges included possession of child pornography. The FBI found more than 37,000 images of child pornography on his devices. He also had a video of himself molesting underage girls.
Nassar is currently serving a federal sentence of 60 years in prison. The court found him liable for child sexual stimulation crimes. Afterward, he will serve for 40 to 175 years for confessing to seven counts of sexual assault of a minor. Nassar will also serve for 40 to 125 years for admitting to three additional regulatory sexual offenses. His medical body has since revoked his license.
He is serving the Federal half of his sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida. After his federal sentence which will be due in March 2069, Larry will be transferred to a Michigan state prison to serve the state sentences, if he is still alive.
His Wife and Kids Left Him After His Arrest
Larry Nassar is the son of Fred and Mary Nassar. His older brother named Mike Nassar is a sports instructor at North Farmington High school. They are practically the only family Larry has as his wife left him after the law caught up with his deeds.
Larry is currently single, but he was once legally married to Stephanie Lynn. According to reports, they got married on the 19th of October 1996. The former couple gave birth to three kids: two girls named Katelyn and Caroline Nassar, and a male child named Ryan Nassar.
Larry separated from his wife in July 2017. The court granted her an expedited divorce and she became the legal guardian of their kids.
Larry’s Ex-wife Was Named in One of The Lawsuits
Stephanie and her children were absent during her husband’s sentencing. They have also stayed out of the spotlight since news of the family’s patriarch’s crimes broke. However, a lawsuit by Alaina Bamfield, one of Nassar’s victims, named Stephanie and dragged her into the mess.
In a civil suit, Alaina claimed that Stephanie who was a physician assistant referred her to Nassar. Nonetheless, it wasn’t enough to link the woman to her husband’s crimes.
The suit is part of the long list of civil lawsuits filed against Nassar and Michigan State University. MSU eventually settled the suit along with others for $500 million, with an additional $75 million earmarked for future lawsuits.