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Nassar used authority 'in the most vile way' to assault girls, judge says

Posted at 11:35 AM, Nov 22, 2017

A judge berated a former sports doctor after he pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault on Wednesday morning. 

Larry Nassar, 54, was charged with molesting seven girls, all but one of whom were gymnasts, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic. 

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Following his plea in court, Nassar spoke -- saying in part that he just wants healing.

"I want them to heal, I want this community to heal, I have no animosity against anyone. I just want healing, it's time," said Nassar. 

Judge Rosemarie Aquiling addressed Nassar after his statement, telling the former doctor that he robbed victims of their childhoods. 

"You used that position of trust that you had in the most vile way to abuse children. I agree that now is the time of healing, but it may take them a lifetime of healing while you spend your lifetime behind bars thinking about what you did...," said Aquiling. 

She went on to say that his statement fell short and that she's proud of the victims for coming forward. 

"They are superheroes for all of America, because this is an epidemic," she said. 

Nassar's sentencing is scheduled for January 12 at 9 a.m.

Victims will be allowed to speak during the sentencing.