Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, stands with his legal team during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry Nassar's victims were able to confront him face to face in a Michigan courtroom.When the hearing ended, the courtroom broke into applause.One of the first athletes to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual assault was the last victim to offer statements at his sentencing hearing.Rachael Denhollander is a Kentucky lawyer who stepped forward in 2016 after the sports' governing body was accused of mishandling complaints of sexual assault. Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty to assaulting seven people in the Lansing area, but the sentencing hearing has been open to anyone who said they were a victim.Brooke Hylek, a gymnast who plans to compete in college, heaped scorn on Nassar.Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week on more assault convictions in Eaton County, Michigan.
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