More than 80 victims are giving victim impact statements at the sentencing trial for Larry Nassar.
The former USA gymnastics doctor pleaded guilty to decades of sexual abuse wrote a six page letter to the judge at this sentencing that that is was too hard listening to his victims stories.
“I’m very concerned about my ability to be able to face witnesses this next four days mentally," Nassar wrote in the letter. .
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina responded in court.
“You may find it harsh that you are here listening but nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands. Collectively you spent thousands of hours perpetrating criminal sexual conduct of minors. Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had their expense and ruining their lives. none of this should come as a surprise to you.”
He also accused the judge of using the hearing to get media attention. “She wants me to sit in the witness box next to her for all four days so the media cameras will be directed toward her,” he wrote.
Aquilina was not amused.
“You may find it harsh that you are here listening, but nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands. Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you’ve had at their expense and ruining their lives.”
“There's no truth in here it's delusional. You need to talk about these issues with a therapist. And that is not me. And I certainly if I was, would not be your therapist," she added.
Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison following a federal child pornography case. Aquilina is expected to sentence him to life in prison.