Larry Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison Thursday on child pornography charges. The former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor knowingly collected 37,000 images and videos of child pornography as early as 2003.
U.S. District Judge Janet Neff gave Nassar the toughest sentence possible. Nassar will consecutively serve 20 years for each of the three federal charges against him.
“He has demonstrated that he should never again have access to children,” Neff said in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, courtroom.
Nassar, 54, signed a plea deal in July agreeing to plead guilty to three federal charges in regards to his possession of child pornography. Police found videos and images of child pornography in Nassar’s home in December 2016, and they reported he also attempted to destroy hard drives containing child pornography.
According to the Huffington Post,Nassar said in court that he “tried to improve” himself, adding, “I lost everything because of this. … I chose wrongly.”
In addition to the child pornography charges, the former doctor has been accused of serially sexually abusing over 125 women when they were minors. Top-tier gymnasts, including Olympians Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney, have accused Nassar of victimizing them.