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Doctor Who Sexually Assaulted Olympians Pleads Guilty (Photos)

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Former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty on Nov. 22 to seven counts of sexual assault, ensuring he will be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison. 

Nassar, who formerly worked with athletes at Michigan State and for the U.S. gymnastic team, has been accused of sexual assault by more than 130 women, according to The Washington Post. His accusers include Olympians Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney. 

"For all those involved, I'm so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control," Nassar said during the hearing, according to the Post.

Nassar has been in jail since he pled guilty to three child pornography charges during the summer. He has yet to be sentenced in that case.

Nassar reportedly abused patients by touching them inappropriately under the guise of performing legitimate medical exams. Some of Nassar's patients at Michigan State allegedly complained about his treatment as far back as 1997, according to the Post. 

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Allegations against Nassar began piling up in September 2016 after one woman came forward.

In November of 2017, three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman came forward to accuse Nassar of sexually abusing her. Nassar had been treating Raisman since she was 15 years old. 

Raisman told "60 Minutes" she wanted to know why USA Gymnastics fostered a culture where women and girls were afraid to speak out against Nassar for so many years. 

"I am angry. I'm really upset because it's been -- I care a lot you know, when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just -- I can't -- every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think -- I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this," she said. 

One month after Raisman came forward, fellow gold medalist McKayla Maroney came forward with her own allegations against Nassar. In a Twitter post, Maroney alleged that Nassar began abusing her when she was only 13, according to HuffPost. 

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"Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,'" she wrote. "It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport. It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated.'"

In a Nov. 21 Instagram post, Gabby Douglas joined her teammates in coming forward. 

"I didn't publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful," she wrote. "I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them."

Sources: The Washington Post, 60 Minutes, HuffPost, Gabby Douglas/Instagram / Featured Image: Fernando Frazao/Agencia Brasil via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Paul Sancya/The Associated Press via The Washington Post, Getty via TMZ

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