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Judge to Nassar: Nothing as ‘harsh’ as victim treatment

January 18, 2018 GMT

Lansing – The attorney for disgraced Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar presented the judge presiding over his sentencing with a letter expressing concern for his mental health as he listens to four days worth of victim impact statements.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina refused to be swayed by the six-page, single-spaced, typed letter from Nassar, reminding him he is required to sit there and pay attention.

“You may find it harsh that you are here listening,” she said. “But nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours collectively, you spent thousands of hours perpetrating criminal sexual conduct on minors.”

Aquilina spoke directly to Nassar in court, saying not only did she want to provide time for the victims to heal by giving their impact statements, it was required as part of his plea deal.

That list of victims included at least 125 women who could speak, she said.

“I didn’t want one victim to lose their voice,” Aquilina said. “It allows for the healing of victims so that they can move forward.”

Then, she reminded him of his crimes.

“Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you’ve had at their expense and ruining their lives.”

Victim impact statements continue today, and Aquilina says she will allow the sentencing to continue into next week so that everyone who wants to speaks will have time.

srahal@detroitnews.com