LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Larry Nassar, a former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor accused of molesting seven girls has pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct and faces at least 25 years in prison.He says he is "horribly sorry" and that he prays "for forgiveness every day."
Dr. Larry Nassar entered the plea Wednesday in Judge Aquilana's courtroom. Some of his accusers attended the packed hearing. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar he used his position of trust "in the most vile way" to abuse children.
Nassar was charged with molesting the girls under the guise of treatment at his home and a campus clinic. All but one was a gymnast.
A plea deal calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years. But the judge could go higher and set the minimum at 40 years.
Nassar is still awaiting sentencing on child pornography charges. He is also being sued by more than 125 women and girls.
Coming up on wilx.com, we'll have for you live the press conference with the accusers.
Rachel Denhollander will be joined by two other accusers, Michigan State University gymnast Lindsey Lemke, and Adrian College gymnast Kaylee Lorincz. They are among more than 100 women suing Nassar in federal court.
The women will be joined by their attorneys, John Manly, Stephen Drew, and James White. The firms represent most of the women named in the federal civil lawsuit.
News 10's Clayton Cummins was in court and will have the full story tonight at 6 p.m.