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Judge's Sentencing Of Larry Nassar Goes Viral (Video)

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Judge Rosemarie Aquilina's chilling response to a letter written by Dr. Larry Nassar has gone viral (video below).

Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison on Jan. 24 after more than 150 women and girls accused him of sexual abuse in court, CNN reported. The abuse is said to have occurred over the past two decades while Nassar was a USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor.

The disgraced doctor pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct and using his medical position to assault his victims. He apologized for his actions in court after hearing seven days of victim impact statements.

"There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred," Nassar said. "An acceptable apology to all of you is impossible to write and convey. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days."

But Judge Aquilina saw right through Nassar's apology. She read a letter written by Nassar aloud to the courtroom in which the doctor defended his medical care and said he was "manipulated" into pleading guilty.

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"I was a good doctor because my treatments worked, and those patients that are now speaking out are the same ones that praised and came back over and over," Nassar wrote. "The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong and bad. They feel I broke their trust. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

Nassar went on to write that his victims "are seeking the media attention and financial reward," according to the Daily Mail.

"Would you like to withdraw your guilty plea?" Judge Aquilina asked Nassar, who declined.

"Because you are guilty, correct?" the judge continued.

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"You, sir, decided on a plea because there was no medical treatment. You did this for your own pleasure," Judge Aquilina told Nassar. "This letter which comes two months after your plea tells me you that you have not yet owned what you did. that you still think that somehow you are right. That you are a doctor, that you are entitled, that you don't have to listen and that you did treatment!"

"I wouldn't send my dogs to you, sir," the judge spat.

Judge Aquilina then tossed Nassar's letter to the side and delivered her sentence:

You can’t give them back their innocence, their youth. You can’t give a father back his life, or one of your victims her life when she took it. You can’t return the daughter to the mother, the father to the daughter.

You played on everyone’s vulnerability. I’m not vulnerable, not to you, not to other criminals at that podium. I swore to uphold the constitution and the law and I am well trained. I know exactly what to do. And at this time I’m going to do it and I want you to know that as much it was my honor and privilege to hear the sister survivors, it is my honor and privilege to sentence you. Because sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.

Sir, I’m giving you 175 years which is 2,100 months. I’ve just signed your death warrant -- I need everyone to be quiet, I still have contempt powers, I told you, I’m not nice. I find that you don’t get that you’re a danger. You remain a danger.

Judge Aquilina added that if Nassar were to step foot outside of prison ever again, he would have to register as a sex offender.

Sources: CNN, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Public Domain Pictures / Embedded Images: Paul Sancya/AP via Indy Star, NBC News

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