Larry Nassar was the former gymnastics doctor for team USA who had been convicted of sexually assaulting women and young girls for eighteen years. Joe Rojas, the president of the local correction officer’s union admitted that, in the federal prison of Florida, the ex-doctor had been stabbed a total of 10 times. Twice in the neck, then in the back and six times in the chest.
The correction officers on the scene managed to save his life and because of their interference he is in a stable condition now. He had been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison in 2017. A serial child molester, who abused his power, under the pretense that it was all for medical purposes, Larry Nassar had been one of the most controversial man in power to be publicly held accountable for his doings.
According to the statement released by the Bureau of Prisons on July 9th 2023 at 2:53 pm “…an inmate was assaulted at the United States Penitentiary (USP) Coleman II, in Sumterville, Florida. Responding staff immediately initiated life-saving measures.” The staff had requested for EMS (Emergency Medical Services) for the inmate to save his life.
And the statement further said that there is an internal investigation occurring within the prison and the inmate was transported to a hospital. The FBI was notified of the same incident for the investigations to undergo added Benjamin O’Cone.
Larry Nassar was also sentenced up to 175 years in prison for abusing young women who were pursuing gymnastics and were entrusted in his care including Olympic gold medalists who spoke up against him: Simon Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. Larry had more than 500 victims while he earned around $100,000 every year and co-authored six research papers on the treatment of injuries in gymnastics.
A total of 156 women had given statements in court, describing how they believed that the treatment Nassar was giving them was medical and not a form of sexual assault, they were impressionable young and as it was in the past, did not have much evidence. Many women spoke up but USA Gymnastics, US Olympic Committee and Michigan State University (where Larry was the doctor) ignored their voice.
Nassar’s sentencing had been a week long hearing where the women had told their stories. Since the scandal, USA Gymnastics has changed its leadership and filed for bankruptcy as it was staggering under the weight of the lawsuits filed by hundreds of women who were sexually abused by their former team doctor.
Michigan State University had agreed to a $500 million settlement with the women who were assaulted by him; USA Gymnastics and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee settled with $380 million.
According to a July 2021 report by General Michael Horowitz the Justice Department Inspector, Larry Nassar had abused around 70 more victims before he was finally arrested because of errors by FBI.