Aly Raisman: Larry Nassar is "sick"

Olympic gymnast speaks out in court
Posted at 1:34 PM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 16:39:52-05

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman says a sports doctor who sexually assaulted her is "sick" and that she's incomprehensibly angry that he manipulated an "innocent child" to pleasure himself.

Raisman delivered a victim impact statement in a Lansing, Michigan, courtroom Friday on the fourth day of a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar during which some 120 girls and women are expected to testify.

Raisman told Nassar he will sit in prison suffering and replaying the words delivered by a "powerful army of survivors." She says she still loves gymnastics and adds that if just one adult had listened to children over the past 30 years, "this tragedy could have been avoided."

The 54-year-old Nassar faces a minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years in prison for molesting girls at Michigan State University and his home. He also was a team doctor at USA Gymnastics. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography crimes.

Another Olympic gold medalist also came forward to say that she too was sexually assaulted by Nassar.

Jordyn Wieber gave a victim impact statement Friday morning. She grew up in the Lansing area and says she started seeing Nassar at age 8.

She criticized USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee, saying "I was not protected and neither were my teammates."