Larry Nassar pleads guilty to child porn charges

Larry Nassar pleads guilty to child porn charges

UPDATE 11:20 am, July 11:

Dr. Larry Nassar plead guilty in federal court in Grand Rapids Tuesday morning. He entered a guilty plea to three counts. Count One is the receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography. Count two is possession of child pornography. And Count three is the destruction and concealment of records and tangible objects.

Nassar could face a minimum of 22-27 years in prison when he is sentenced. But, the maximum sentence for the three charges would be up to 60 years in prison. The judge is not bound by sentencing guidelines. The judge also could order Nassar to serve the sentences concurrently (all at once) or could have him serve the sentences consecutively (one after another).

Nassar will likely be sentenced in November, but no date has been set yet.

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar is scheduled to be in federal court on Tuesday morning for a plea hearing on child pornography charges.

According to a document obtained by the State Journal on Saturday, Nassar has agreed to plead guilty to three charges. A formal agreement has not been filed in federal court, but on Monday, the hearing was scheduled for Tuesday morning in Grand Rapids. 

Nassar, 53, of Holt, was indicted on two federal child pornography charges in December with a third added in February for having computer files destroyed. He will plead guilty to all three charges, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by the State Journal. The document details a deal that doesn't include a sentence agreement but does include an agreement by federal prosecutors not to charge him for alleged sexual exploitation or attempted sexual exploitation of children, including an incident in 2015 in a swimming pool at his Holt home.

An FBI agent testified in December that hard drives found on Nassar's property contained at least 37,000 images and videos of child pornography. On Sept. 19, the day before Michigan State University officially fired Nassar, he paid $49 to have his work laptop, including the data and operating system, erased, according to the plea deal.

Tuesday's plea hearing could mark the first conviction in the four criminal cases against Nassar. The other three cases include sexual assault charges in Ingham and Eaton counties and are being prosecuted by the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

Nassar is facing up to 20 years in prison on each of the federal charges he will plead guilty to, with two carrying five-year mandatory minimums, according to the agreement.

Since September, more than 115 women and girls have come forward and said in lawsuits or to police that Nassar sexually assaulted them during medical appointments. Many said it happened decades ago or at Michigan State University. An Indianapolis Star article prompted the wave of complaints.

Nassar, 53, of Holt, worked for decades at MSU and with USA Gymnastics. MSU fired him in September and he left USA Gymnastics in fall 2015 with little notice.

Contact Matt Mencarini at (517) 267-1347 or mmencarini@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattMencarini.

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