Last week, after 156 of his victims came forward to deliver victim impact statements in court, former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for seven criminal counts of sexual assault an Ingham County, Michigan courtroom.
Since that sentencing hearing ended, most of the public discussion about the case has revolved around bringing Nassar’s enablers to justice — in just the past week, Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon and Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis have both resigned, as has the entire USA Gymnastics Board of Directors.
But Nassar’s time in court isn’t over yet.
On Wednesday, Nassar will be back in front of a judge, this time in Eaton County, Michigan, where he awaits sentencing for an additional three criminal counts of first-degree sexual assault, all involving minors — one under the age of 13 — that he pleaded guilty to last December. These three assaults took place at the Twistars gymnastics club in Dimondale, Michigan.
Currently, 57 women are expected to give victim impact statements in Eaton County. Two weeks ago in Ingham County, the sentencing hearing was initially supposed to include 88 victim impact statements, but that number ballooned to 156 — as the videos of Nassar’s survivors confronting their abuser spread around the media, more and more women were inspired to come forward.
In Eaton County, the court is already preparing for the hearing to last extra days; it has set aside Friday, Monday, and Tuesday for statements from victims. (According to the Lansing State Journal, the Eaton court reserves Thursdays for other hearings.)
While the victims speak up in court, the fall-out from the Nassar case will continue elsewhere. On Wednesday, the Meridian Township Police Department — which received, and dismissed, a report against Nassar back in 2004 — will issue a public statement and apology regarding its mishandling of the case 14 years ago. It is also expected to release the police report publicly for the first time. On Thursday, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees is expected to hold a public forum.
This week, Congress passed a bipartisan bill aimed to prevent sex abuse in youth sports. Many of Nassar’s victims were directly involved in its creation, and a few were on hand on Tuesday to celebrate it getting past the House and Senate.