Gymnast Molester Larry Nassar Attacked In Prison
He spent just hours in a general population area in prison before he was set upon.
Former U.S. gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been attacked in prison within hours of being placed in a general population area.
Nassar is likely to never leave prison, with the 54-year-old currently serving a 60-year sentence for possessing child pornography. He will then serve a 40-to-175 year sentence for the sexual assault and molesting of 265 women and girls.
Nassar was "physically attacked" according to documents filed to Ingraham County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Nassar's attorneys are asking he be re-sentenced by a new judge on the first of the molestation cases he faced. The attorneys say Judge Rosemarie Aquilina had decided to impose the maximum sentence on Nassar for the crimes before she had heard his case.
Walt Shannon, the president of the American Federation of Government, told The Detroit News prisoners time their attacks to coincide with lower staffed periods.
"The inmates watch our staffing level," Shannon told the newspaper.
"If they're going to do something ... It is going to happen when staffing is low."
No word yet if Nassar will be moved to a higher security area within the Arizona prison.
Earlier this month, over 100 survivors of Nassar's abuse were awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards. In a powerful moment, 141 survivors who attended the awards filled the stage, with the award officially accepted Sarah Klein, Tiffany Thomas Lopez and Aly Raisman.
"Speaking up and speaking out is not easy, telling our stories of abuse over and over and over again in graphic detail is not easy," Klein said during her acceptance speech.
"We're sacrificing privacy, we're being judged and scrutinised, and its grueling and its painful but it is time."
The survivors also used the moment onstage to highlight the years of abuse that was reported and ignored by countless adults.
“All those years we were told ‘you are wrong. You misunderstood. He’s a doctor. It’s OK. Don’t worry we’ve got it covered'," Klein said.
“To all the survivors out there, don’t let anyone else rewrite your story. You are not alone. We may suffer alone, but we survive together.”